Final tickets are on sale this week for the Tony® Award-winning Broadway production of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which has waltzed into Sydney’s Lyric Theatre this week, performing to packed audiences. Cinderella plays in Sydney until Sunday 29 January 2023.
Audiences and critics have been unanimous in their praise for this lavish production during the wildly successful Melbourne and Brisbane seasons, produced by Opera Australia and John Frost for Crossroads Live Australia.
“Miraculous … Theatrically and musically, the shoe definitely fits. Don’t miss it!” – The Australian
“Lavish and lovely … No expense has been spared to make this as glittering a spectacular as it could possibly be.” – The Age
“A constant visual delight” – Limelight
“A feast for the eyes” – Stage Whispers
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, the second-in-command in the Royal household, and Josh Gardiner is Jean-Michel, the poor revolutionary who is in love with Gabrielle. Completing the cast are Sarah Bourke, William Brougham, Todd Dewberry, Danielle Evrat, Luke Haberecht, Matthew Jenson, Lauren Jimmieson, Leah Lim, Kassie Martin, Rubin Matters, Joshua Russell, Greta Sherriff, Lewis Shilvock, Suzanne Steele, Tom Struik, Daniel Szesiong Todd, Alexis van Maanen, Dean Vince, Daniel Wijngaarden, Erica Wild and Emily Wood.
John Frost and Opera Australia are delighted at audience reactions to this wonderful production. “We are thrilled that capacity audiences are loving 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 is in for a treat!”
The Sydney season of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is proudly supported by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW
Minister for Tourism, Ben Franklin said the production would be a major drawcard for visitors to NSW. “I am delighted the Sydney season of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella has waltzed into the state-of-the-art Sydney Lyric. This production is anticipated to draw more than 22,000 visitors to Sydney, injecting around $13 million into the NSW economy and supporting hundreds of jobs in our creative and hospitality industries. Investing in world-class musical productions like Cinderella is a key pillar in our ambition to make NSW the major events capital and premier visitor economy of the Asia Pacific.”
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-awaitedBroadway 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 Corner, Impossible/It’s Possible, Ten 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.
Venue: Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star
Season: Playing to 29 January 2023
Performance Times: Tues-Sat 7.30pm, Wed 1pm, Sat 2pm, Sun 1pm & 6pm (Performance times vary weekly)
Prices: From $69.00 (Transaction fees apply)
Bookings: ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100