“Cinderella” to open in Dayton

Staff report

DAYTON — Victoria Theatre Association will open the 2015-2016 Premier Health Broadway Series presentation of “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the Schuster Performing Arts Center in downtown Dayton.

The 2013 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of “South Pacific” and “The Sound of Music” will continue through FEb. 14. Tickets cost $25 and up and are available at 888-228-3630 and www.ticketcenterstage.com.

With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic musical combines the story’s classic elements — glass slippers, pumpkin and a beautiful ball — with some surprising twists. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting. She is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul who doesn’t let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness. She longs to escape the drudgery of her work at home and instead work to make the world a better place. She not only fights for her own dreams, but forces the prince to open his eyes to the world around him and realize his dreams too.

“Cinderella” has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, a new book by Douglas Carter Beane and original book by Oscar Hammerstein II. The musical was directed by Mark Brokaw and choreographed by Josh Rhodes.

One of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most popular titles, “Cinderella” was written for television, debuting in 1957 starring Julie Andrews. In 2013, the show made its long-overdue Broadway debut.

Beane’s book for “Cinderella” blends masterfully with the musical’s cherished score with songs including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible,” “Ten Minutes Ago” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?.”

The creative team includes scenic design by Tony Award-nominee Anna Louizos, costume design by six-time Tony Award-winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony Award-winner Kenneth Posner and sound design by Tony Award-nominee Nevin Steinberg.


Staff report