Like most people, I have grown up knowing the fairytale Cinderella, the story of a young girl living with her cruel stepmother who suddenly has her fortune changed by a kind fairy godmother and a handsome prince. So when I went to go see Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which is now playing on Broadway, I was very excited. As soon as I sat down, I noticed the intricate trees lining the stage and giving it a magical appearance. The orchestra started to play and the lights dimmed as the show began.
From the beginning to the end of the performance, I was engrossed. Everything and everyone onstage seemed like they had just jumped off the pages of the beloved fairytale. The actors brought the characters to life in a very believable way. The seemingly magical costume changes were a big highlight for me. In a blink of an eye, Cinderella would twirl out of her dirty rags into a shimmering gold dress.
It turns out that Broadway experts agree with me. The show has received nine Tony nominations. Tony Awards are the top prizes for Broadway shows. Laura Osnes, who plays the role of Cinderella, has been nominated for the Tony for best actress in a musical.
How similar is the show to the story of Cinderella you know? The answer, of course, depends on which version of the story you’ve seen or read. In an interview with TIME For Kids, Osnes pointed out that many people are familiar with the Disney movie version of the tale. There are some differences between that movie and the Broadway show. For one thing, the stepmother and stepsisters are not as cruel in the play. Also, in the Broadway version, when Cinderella escapes the ball, she picks up her shoe after dropping it. So how does the prince find Cinderella again? You’ll have to see the show to find out!
I think just about anyone would enjoy this play, including both kids and adults. The attention to detail is incredible, from the set to the costumes to the portrayal of the characters. In my opinion, this play deserves a double thumbs-up!