Clock Is Ticking for ‘Cinderella’ at Heinz Hall
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” the 2013 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of “The King & I” and “The Sound of Music,” continues at Heinz Hall for a limited engagement tonight through Sunday. This tour is part of the 2017-18 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Broadway Across America.
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 Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” combines the story’s classic elements — glass slippers, pumpkin and a beautiful ball along 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.
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “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. Originally directed by Mark Brokaw and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, the tour is directed by Gina Rattan and choreographed by Lee Wilkins. Music adaptation and arrangements are by David Chase and music supervision is by Greg Anthony Rassen. Orchestrations are by Bill Elliott and are adapted from the original Broadway orchestrations by Danny Troob.
One of Rodgers & 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. Along with “Cinderella,” the musical duo’s legendary musicals include “Oklahoma!,” “Carousel,” “The King and I,” “South Pacific” and “The Sound of Music.”
Mr. Beane’s book for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “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.
The Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” tour is produced by Work Light Productions. “Cinderella” was produced on Broadway by Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman, Stephen Kocis, Edward Walson, Venetian Glass Productions, The Araca Group, Luigi Caiola & Rose Caiola, Roy Furman, Walt Grossman, Peter May/Sanford Robertson, Glass Slipper Productions LLC/Eric Schmidt, Ted Liebowitz/James Spry, Blanket Fort Productions and in association with Center Theatre Group.
Tickets are available 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, 655 Penn Ave. For groups of 10+ call 412-471-6930, online at TrustArts.org /GroupSales, or in person at Theater Square Box Office 655 Penn Avenue. Performances are 8 p.m. today, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 1 and 6 p.m. Sunday.