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Last week I was blessed to be invited to attend the opening night of Broadway in Cincinnati presents Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Aronoff Center.  I was SO excited to see this show, from the moment I saw it on the list of the 2014/2015 season lineup I just knew it was going to be amazing.  I mean, honestly…what little girl doesn’t dream, even if just for a moment, of that pumpkin carriage ride, dainty glass slipper, ethereal ballgown, and a kiss from a special someone under the moonlight?

I had really high expectations of what this show would look like and even though it had been ages since I’d heard any of the music I expected the same in that department as well.  So what was the outcome of all of these high expectations?

Paige Faure as Ella with  her Prince Topher, Andy Jones.

Paige Faure as Ella with her Prince Topher, Andy Jones.

Just go see this show. That’s all I can say. I could tell you how wonderful the singing is or about the colorful and lively cast.  I could say that Ella and her Prince Topher are perfection in every way.  I could go on and on and on and on about the sets and the fantastic costumes and the brilliant costume changes.  I could.  But all I really want to say is…

JUST GO SEE THIS SHOW!

I haven’t heard the music from this show in years.  I’m so sorry that I haven’t been listening to this daily my whole life.  The music is fun and bubbly. Ella and her stepsisters are just darn adorable…even her wicked Step Mother is charming.  Fairy Godmother kicks some major rear-end…seriously, can she be my real life Fairy Godmother please because she is amazing! And the Prince…well, he’s just as charming as you’d hope.

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Ashley Park as Gabrielle and David Andino as Jean-Michel. They are adorable. I want to be bff’s.

Have I mentioned the amazing costume changes yet?  I can’t spoil it for you because you really REALLY need to see them for yourself, but for every person I’ve run into who has seen this show since it’s been in town I’ve had a 15 minute conversation that basically consists of us saying “HOW did they do it?  Seriously, did you figure it out yet?” over and over again.  No really — while we were waiting for the valet to bring our car around the night of the show we had conversations with other theater goers and we all wanted to know the same thing.

 

Let’s just say it involves a dress and a Fairy Godmother and leave it at that for now.

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Kecia Lewis as Fairy Godmother and Paige Faure as Ella. Seriously, Kecia — will you be my Fairy Godmother because you rock!

Of course the show is about Ella and her magical transformation from house maid to glamorous lady fair, but the supporting cast and characters are just so darn adorable.  Ella’s step-sister Gabrielle and her would-be suitor Jean-Michel are so incredibly cute I just want to hang out with them and talk sometime.  Step-sister Charlotte and I would seriously get along well…I feel like we really would understand each other.  The sets are gorgeous and full of color.  The music was everything I had hoped it would be.  If you don’t leave the theater charmed after seeing Cinderella then there’s just no impressing you at all.

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From L to R: Ella (Paige Faure), Madame (Beth Glover), Gabrielle (Ashley Park) and Charlotte (Aymee Garcia)

You’ve got a few chances left to see the show while it’s in town as it runs through January 18 and there are 7 shows left in total.  Get information on tickets, show times, and more, here: Broadway in Cincinnati – Cinderella

disclosure: I was invited to attend the opening night performance of Cinderella so that I could share information about the show and share my opinion of the performance.  My opinion is that this show is flat out amazing and you need to see it!