I received tickets to CINDERELLA in exchange for bringing you the details of the show and my thoughts following attendance. All opinions are 100% my own.
Back in the 1980s, I had an obsession with Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA in the way of the 1965 made for TV movie with Leslie Ann Warren as the leading lady. When I found out that this classic tale with a few twists and surprises was coming to Pittsburgh, I knew I had to go and take my mom along. We were delighted to be guests at Heinz Hall last night for opening night!
RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA on Tour
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Broadway Across America present RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA from May 22 to May 27, 2018 at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh. While it’s not quite the same story you might have read in storybooks, watched on animated movies, or (like me) saw in the 1965 version or the 1997 version starring Brandy (how I am that old?!?!), you’ll recognize this one easily.
I won’t go into the details of what makes this story different from the others (this is the version that is a 2013 Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical), but I will say it was so timely following the Royal Wedding’s message by Bishop Curry. Love and kindness prevail, especially when we care for those that others sweep to the side.
If you’re a fan of the made for TV version, you’ll recognize favorite songs like “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible,” “Ten Minutes Ago” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?” and likely want to sing along. Resist the urge and listen – this cast is full of incredible voices!
I’m still trying to decide what my favorite parts were – the step-sisters had me laughing throughout, the addition of Jean-Michel, or what I’m about to tell you next…
Know Before You Go: Cinderella in Pittsburgh
Can I stop and tell you that if you have tickets, be ready to be amazed at the costume magic. I was just shaking my head in amazement as Crazy Marie transformed into the Fairy Godmother and Ella transformed from rags into princess-worthy gown not one but three times. Simply stunning work by the costume team (led by six-time Tony Award Winner William Ivey Long)!
And if you don’t have tickets…Time to get them! Cinderella will be in Pittsburgh for four more days until May 27. Prices start at $30 and can be purchased at the following official Pittsburgh Cultural Trust ticket sources: online at TrustArts.org, by calling Guest Services at 412-456-4800, or in person at Theater Square Box Office. Showtime is about two hours with one 20-minute intermission.
This is the kind of show I’d definitely see again. Hopefully, you’ll be able to catch it before they head out on their next stop!
Broadway Across America
Broadway Across America (BAA) is part of The John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes Broadway.com and The Broadway Channel. Led by 11-time Tony-winning producer John Gore (Owner & CEO), BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 44 markets with over 400,000 subscribers. Current and past productions include Beautiful, Cats,
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.