Cinderella (review)

Cinderella (review)
Cinderella (review)
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THE PLAY: The classic fairy tale gets a major rework, while keeping the songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein.


THE PRODUCTION: This production’s most enjoyable elements are:

1. The revised book, which is a departure from the original with lots of spunky contemporary dialogue and new plot points (some of them political).

2. Matthew Couvillon’s fresh, jaunty choreography.

3. Audra Honaker’s comical turn as the most wicked step sister.

Other than that, much of the show falls short. In the titular role, Quynh-My Luu is lovely. As her prince, Edward L. Simon is pleasant. Both of them are fine, but not magnetic personalities. While the show features an energetic ensemble with acceptable voices, the whole production never gels. Much of that lies with Laine Satterfield’s direction, which works well with the comedy, but lacks that special spark in style or guidance. Anthony Smith’s orchestra is fine, although the synth strings weren’t. The set by Brian Barker and the costumes by Jeanne Nugent were both attractive, but never beautiful. BJ Wilkinson’s lights added lots of pink. Running time: 2:10


THE POINT: This revised version of the classic features some enjoyable elements (especially for kids), but lacks that magic touch to make it wondrous.


3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)


At Virginia Rep thru 1/5



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