For the first time ever, Cinderella is on Broadway in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which began previews just over a month ago at Broadway Theater. The stage adaptation of the story was written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein III in 1957 for television and a new book was written by Douglas Carter Beane for this version of the show.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella opened on March 3rd and stars Laura Osnes as Cinderella and Santino Fontana in the role of The Prince. Osnes prior credits include as Bonnie Parker in Bonnie and Clyde in 2011, Sandy Dumbrowski in Grease in 2007 through 2008 and two runs as Nellie Forbush in South Pacific in 2009 and 2010.
Now she follows in the footsteps of Julie Andrews, Lesley Ann Warren and Brandy as prior actresses to star as Cinderella in a film or stage adaptation of the classic fairytale.
Fontana has worked as a director and composer in addition to his acting. His work on Broadway includes playing Tony Elliot in Billy Elliot the Musical in 2008, Stanley Jerome in Brighton Beach Memoirs in 2009 and Rodolfo in A View From the Bridge in 2010. He also played Algernon Montcrieff in 2011 in The Importance of Being Earnest.
The show runs approximately two hours and 20 minutes at Broadway Theater at 1681 Broadway in New York, one of the few “Broadway theaters” to actually have an address on Broadway. The historical theatre opened in 1924 and underwent significant renovations in 1956 and 1986. It often plays host to the most successful shows on Broadway due to its large seating capacity.
So far, the early reviews of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella have been positive. Critics also say the new show moves away from the original storyline often enough that it feels fresh and new, and you may not always know what’s coming next even if you’ve read the story or seen prior adaptations.
So get your tickets right away before Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella becomes one of those hot Broadway shows that are nearly impossible to scoop up tickets for without spending an arm and a leg.