Last 3 weeks in Sydney for Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Bianca Bruce (Charlotte) and ensemble in CINDERELLA (c) Jeff Busby

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Sydney’s Lyric Theatre

The Tony® Award-winning Broadway production of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella will waltz out of Sydney’s Lyric Theatre in three weeks’ time after performing to packed, eager audiences. The final performance of Cinderella will be on Sunday 29 January.

Audiences and critics have been unanimous in their praise for this lavish production throughout the wildly successful Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne seasons, produced by Opera Australia and John Frost for Crossroads Live Australia.

“★★★★★ Spectacular. Enchanting. Magical” – Time Out Sydney

A glittering spectacular” – Sydney Morning Herald

A feast for the senses” – Australian Financial Review

A constant visual delight” – Limelight

Charming and lots of fun. This enchanting musical is very much a story for today.” – Sunday Telegraph

Leading the cast are Shubshri Kandiah as Ella (Cinderella), Ainsley Melham as Prince Topher, Silvie Paladino as Marie, the Fairy Godmother, Tina Bursill as Madame, Ella’s stepmother, and Nicholas Hammond as Lord Chancellor Sebastian. Matilda Moran and Bianca Bruce play Ella’s stepsisters Gabrielle and Charlotte, while Daniel Belle is Lord Pinkleton and Josh Gardiner is Jean-Michel. Completing the cast are Sarah BourkeWilliam BroughamTodd DewberryDanielle EvratLuke Haberecht, Matthew JensonLauren JimmiesonLeah LimKassie MartinRubin MattersJoshua RussellGreta SherriffLewis ShilvockSuzanne SteeleTom StruikDaniel Szesiong ToddAlexis van MaanenDean VinceDaniel WijngaardenErica Wild and Emily Wood.

John Frost and Opera Australia are delighted that Sydney has fallen in love with this wonderful production. “We are thrilled that capacity audiences are adoring this glorious and uplifting Broadway favourite,” said John Frost on behalf of the producers. “Cinderella is one of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s greatest scores and this production, with beautiful orchestrations, magnificent costumes and sets, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love from the classic story, is enchanting everyone who sees it. Sydney, you only have three weeks left to see it so don’t miss out!”

The Sydney season of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is proudly supported by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW

With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella combines the story’s classic elements – the glass slippers, pumpkin, a beautiful masked ball and more – 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. A spirited young woman with savvy and soul, she not only fights for her own dreams, but forces the prince to open his eyes to the world around him and realise his dreams too.

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most popular titles, Cinderella was written for television, debuting in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, who was nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance. More than 100 million viewers saw the broadcast, more people than any other program in the history of television at the time. Cinderella was re-made for television in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren in the title role, Ginger Rogers and Walter Pidgeon as the King and Queen, and Celeste Holm as the Fairy Godmother. A further television remake followed in 1997 with Brandy as Cinderella, Whitney Houston as the Fairy Godmother, Bernadette Peters as the Stepmother, Whoopi Goldberg as the Queen and Jason Alexander as Lionel.

The stage version of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella made its long-awaited Broadway debut in January 2013, featuring a new book by Douglas Carter Beane and direction by Mark Brokaw, and it ran for two years. Mr Beane’s book blends masterfully with the musical’s cherished score, with songs including In My Own Little CornerImpossible/It’s PossibleTen Minutes Ago and Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is a romantic and exciting experience for anyone who’s ever had a dream.

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Sydney –  Lyric Theatre, The Star

To January 29


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