Cinderella at the Aronoff Center

Cinderella ShoeThis week I had the opportunity to take my little princess to see Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Aronoff Center in downtown Cincinnati.  She was beyond ecstatic.

She has been to many theater productions, but this one was her favorite.  I love that she always has questions about the show.  Questions about the theatrical aspect, not just the plot…are those microphones they are wearing?  Are those puppets?  How did that throne move by itself?  Are there wheels under it?

But, the one question I could not answer…

How did the Fairy Godmother change her rags into that white dress???  Right before our eyes.

I do not know.

This production of Cinderella is a little different. It is entertaining for both adults and kids.  There is humor, dragon slaying, singing and dancing, as well as a sub plot of forbidden romance.  Ella, called Cinderella by her stepmother, lives in the forest with her horrid stepmother and stepsisters.  She does all of the cooking, cleaning and other dirty work of the typical Cinderella. Prince Topher, soon to be King, is trying to figure out how to be king and how to properly rule the land.  Of course, there is a Ball, a lost slipper and a huge search for the owner of the shoe.  But, there are lots of funny twists on the traditional story  that you will surely love. You may even grow to love, or tolerate, the stepsisters.

From the creators of Oklahoma! and The King and I,  Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical TourCinderella0052rwith a contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the most loved moments —the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Audiences are invited to rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes.

Back to that dress…

As I mentioned, when the Fairy Godmother wove a spell that turned Ella’s dirty brown rags into a gorgeous white fluffy dream dress, I had no idea how she did it.  There was no smoke or hidden panels.  Ella spun around a few times and BAM, she was wearing that beautiful dress and tiara.  And her hair was in a sweet up do.  It was phenomenal.

TourCinderella0138rThen, just when I thought I was watching close enough, the Fairy Godmother did it again right before Ella goes to the royal banquet, in a lovely gold gown.  Again…no idea how that happened.  But, it was awesome.

If you’d like to see Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, you can find more information on the show and order tickets HERE.   The show plays thru January 18th at the Cincinnati Aronoff Center.

Disclaimer: I was provided tickets to the event.  All opinions are my own.