GETTING CLOSER BROADWAY FANS. We are only 9 days away from kicking off the holiday season with The 90th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Our TOP 20 BROADWAY AT THE MACY’S PARADE COUNTDOWN, playing you the best Musical Theatre performances from the NBC and CBS telecasts, continues.
At #9 on our countdown, we have one of the most beloved timeless fairy tales of all time. A maiden turned Princess wanting to change the world she lived in, a slipper made of glass, a pumpkin turned carriage, and a beautiful romantic ball. We of course are talking about Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella the Musical.
For today we have 2 special performances from CINDERELLA at the Macy’s Parade.
From the NBC version in 2012 (prior to it’s debut in January 2013), 2 time Tony nominee Laura Osnes in the title role, Tony winner Victoria Clark as Crazy Marie, The Fairy Godmother, Tony nominee Santino Fontana as Prince Topher, and the company bring the magic of the ball in Harold Square with the classics IMPOSSIBLE & 10 MINUTES AGO.
From the CBS edition in 2013, Osnes, Tony nominee Rebecca Luker (temporarily filling in for Clark as Crazy Marie), and the cast perform IMPOSSIBLE / IT’S POSSIBLE from the stage of where the show was running at the time, The Broadway Theatre. This perform, wait till you see how spectacular the transformation moments are including when Cinderella’s rags change into the beautiful ballgown. How do they do it?!
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s version of Cinderella initially started out as a Live TV production for CBS starring Julie Andrews in 1957. It then later was remade twice for television, in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren, and then in 1997 came a Multi-Cultural version starring Pop sensation Brandy. In 2013, Douglas Carter Beane put together a more updated version of the story and inspired by the original Fairy tale. This version was considered as CINDERELLA’s first time ever on the Great White Way. It played The Broadway Theatre for 811 performances. A Non-Equity tour of the recent Broadway production is currently happening.
FUN FACTS: The costumes from the NBC version were not used in the Broadway production. They were temporarily using these costumes while this version of CINDERELLA was being workshopped. Osnes’ costume was still the same but her wig was a little different than how we saw her wear it. The men were wearing Tuxedos and the Female ensemble’s gowns were actually used in another Broadway show. Tony winner William Ivey Long was still not done working on the costumes yet (and he went on to win another Tony for them).
Isn’t this performance so magical?