RISE & SHINE BROADWAY FANS! It’s only 24 DAYS AWAY till this new alternative edition of New York’s MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET…. Better known as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.. This is one of our favorite times of the year kicking off the holiday season but will be done a little different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To show our love and appreciation for this parade showcasing the best of our Broadway community, there are more breathtaking performances from the Great Bright Way coming up on our TOP 30 BROADWAY AT MACY’S COUNTDOWN.
At # 24 on our countdown, we experience a classic fairy tale like no ever. It’s the classic story of a young orphaned girl known for generosity and kindness is forced to work as a household serpent under the watchful eye of her cruel and super jealous stepmother & stepsisters. However, she experiences the miracle she always has dreamt of thanks to a Pumpkin turned Carriage, Mice turned Horses, and of course Glass Slippers. We of course are talking about Cinderella. The show features a legendary score by the iconic dynamic duo of Rodgers & Hammerstein along with an updated book by Douglas Carter Beane.
From the 2013 CBS telecast direct from the stage of its then-home at the time of The Broadway Theatre, Tony Award nominees Laura Osnes as the title role, Rebecca Luker as “Crazy Marie: The Fairy Godmother”, and the cast perform the classic IMPOSSIBLE / IT’S POSSIBLE. Get your tissues ready and out for the most unique spectacular moment of this scene…. The magical transformation (especially Laura’s onstage quickchange from the rags to the ballgown)!!!
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella's road to the Great Bright Way goes all the way back to the 1950’s. At the time CBS and NBC launched a legendary tradition of capturing the magic of Broadway Musicals as Live Televised productions.. After being inspired by seeing the legendary 1950 Disney Animated film, it inspired Rodgers & Hammerstein (you know, the masterminds behind OKLAHOMA!, The King and I, The Sound Of Music, South Pacific, etc) to create their own adaptation of the story specifically for television. It made its world television debut on CBS in 1957 starring Julie Andrews in the title role. That original 1957 version was seen by over 107 million viewers worldwide With the success of the live production, stage productions began to occur around the world, including 2 more additional Live Televised versions starting in 1965 with a 2nd CBS production led by Lesley Ann Warren as the title role. 32 years later, a 3rd version was made for Disney and ABC led by Brandy and a full diverse cast.
Even though it was performed on various stages here in New York, including the New York City Opera and the Theatre at Madison Square Garden, CINDERELLA never was put onto a Broadway stage until 2012. That year, a workshop lab was developed for the musical featuring a brand new book by Douglas Carter Beane, the classic songs, a new plot twist, and even additional Rodgers & Hammerstein songs that were even cut from some of their other notable musicals.
It officially made its Royal Broadway Debut in 2013. It played the Broadway Theatre where it ran for an incredible 41 previews and 770 regular performances on the Great Bright Way. Under the direction of Mark Brokaw, the cast was led by….
Tony winner Victoria Clark (later Rebecca Luker and Judy Kaye) as "Crazy Marie: The Fairy Godmother”,
Tony winner Santino Fontana (later Joe Carroll) as the dreamy and handsome "Prince Topher",
Ann Harada (later Laura Irion) as Stepsister "Charlotte",
Marla Mindelle (later Stephanie Gibson) as step sister “Gabrielle”,
Greg Hildreth (later Todd Buonopane) as “Jean-Michele”,
Peter Bartlett as “Sebastian”,
Phumzile Sojola as “Lord Pinkleton”.
The Broadway production of CINDERELLA was nominated for 9 Tony Awards in 2013. It took home only 1 for Best Costume Design of a Musical (for William Ivey Long)
Today, the updated version of this classic musical is being performed in schools, community, and regional theaters around the world.
How magical is this timeless story?!