Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella is the quintessential feel-good musical. Who doesn’t love Rodgers and Hammerstein? And who isn’t swept away by the ultimate fairytale, one of the greatest stories ever told, Cinderella?
If you’re a kid, Cinderella will play right into your imagination. If you’re an adult, Cinderella will make you feel like a kid again.
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella is the perfect mix of old and new. It retains all of the fairytale’s classic elements—glass slippers, masked ball, fairy godmother, wicked stepsisters—yet is produced for a 21st century audience.
You’ll also love the orchestra, stage effects, and costumes. As you’d expect, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella is quite romantic, and as you’d hope, it has some very funny moments.
How Long Is Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella?
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella runs about two hours and twenty-five minutes. There is one intermission.
Producers recommend the show for children four and up.
Is Cinderella Really A Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Show?
We know what you’re thinking, “I’m a pretty big Rodgers and Hammerstein fan. How come I’ve never heard of this show?”
Unlike Oklahoma!, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, Carousel, and The King and I, Cinderella was not written for Broadway. It was written for television.
In the mid-1950s, live productions of Broadway shows were big ratings getters. So, CBS tapped Rodgers and Hammerstein to create a new show especially for television. They created Cinderella.
Was Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella a success? Well, it was seen by 100 million people and garnered two Emmy awards. So yeah, it was a success.
It was revived for the tube in 1965 and 1997. The 1997 version starred Whitney Houston, Bernadette Peters, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jason Alexander.
The show was produced for the stage as early as 1958. It finally reached Broadway in 2013. A national tour commenced the following year.
How Does Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella Stack Up To Their Other Shows?
Let’s be honest, of the five R&H musicals we previously mentioned Cinderella ranks sixth. That’s really not an indictment as ninety percent of all musicals would rank sixth.
Time has been pretty good to Cinderella and many of the problems critics had with the original television production have been worked out over the years. In other words, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella improves with every incarnation.
Bottom line, with Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella you’ll be treated to a lavish production of a classic story told through beautiful music.