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Cindy

Full-Length Musical, Comedy

Michael Sawyer, Johnny Brandon, Stuart Wiener

Music and Lyrics by Johnny Brandon / Book by Joe Sauter and Mike Sawyer / Based on an idea by Johnny Brandon and Stuart Wiener / Originally directed and choreographed by Marvin Gordon / Originally produced for the New York stage by Stuart Wiener

A musical adaptation of the classic Cinderella story, set in New York City in the mid-1960s.
  • Duration
    Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Adaptations (Literature), Period, Romantic Comedy
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
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Cindy

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Summary
Cindy is an adaptation of the classic Cinderella story, set in New York City in the mid-1960s.
History
Cindy opened Off-Broadway at the Gate Theatre on March 19, 1964, starring Jacqueline Mayo as the title character. It then moved to the Orpheum Theatre on September 24, 1964 and finally transferred to the Cricket Theatre on January 19, 1965.
Cast Attributes
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Church / Religious Groups
Cindy has a Cinderella theme, only in this instance, Cindy is one of three daughters of the Krellers, who own a Jewish delicatessen in downtown Manhattan in 1964. The Krellers are ambitious for their other daughters to marry, but not particularly so for Cindy. When their rich friends the Ros­enfelds spon­sor a charity ball at The Plaza for the Keep Israel Green Fund, Cindy is left behind to attend to the groceries. But an admirer of Cindy's, whose aunt works a night shift in the garment center, borrows a dress and makes it possible for her to attend. At the ball, Cindy wins an original oil painting by Mrs. Rosenfeld because her foot fits a slipper — not glass, just plain doe skin. But this Cinderella story has a bit of a twist. Although Cindy meets her prince — in the person of the Rosenfeld boy who is study­ing to be a doctor — she chucks him for a local ad­mirer.
Cindy Kreller: Almost eighteen. Pert, tomboyish, very cute.

Lucky: Twenty or so. Great charm and sympathy with a touch of wistful sadness and gentle humor. Any ethnic background.

Irving Kreller: Cindy’s Papa. Gentle with a sense of humor, surrounded on all sides by females. Slight Jewish accent which tends to grow heavier every now and then. Fifties.

Zelda Kreller: Cindy’s stepmother. Strong, agile, tends to be shrewish. The leader of the family. Fifties.

Golda Kreller: Cindy’s stepsister. Short, plump. Late twenties. Who should contrast strongly with…

Della Kreller: Cindy’s other stepsister. Tall and thin. Acid-tongued. Both anxious to find husbands though their prospects are slight.

Chuck Rosenfeld: Very handsome and charming. Around 22.

David Rosenfeld: Chuck’s father. In his fifties. A warm, friendly man who hasn’t forgotten his humble origins regardless of his wealth. A definite Jewish feel to his personality.

Ruth Rosenfeld: Chuck’s mother. Elegant, well-groomed, far more sophisticated and “social” than her husband. Fifties.

Girl Storyteller: A very important role for a dancer, singer, comedienne, who comments on the show, is in charge of changing scenes and doubles as “The Good Fairy.” Any ethnic background.

2 Boy Storytellers: Her agile singing and dancing assistants. Any ethnic background.

Note: To simplify stage directions, STORYTELLERS are referred to in the book as “GIRL,” “BOY 1 and BOY 2.”
  • Time Period 1960s
  • Setting New York City in the mid-1960s.
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration 120 minutes (2 hours)

Music

Act I

1. Overture – Orchestra
2. “Once Upon a Time” – Storytellers
3. “Let's Pretend” – Cindy & Lucky
4. “Is There Something to What He Said?” – Cindy
5. Introduction to Act I, Scene 2 – Orchestra
6. “Papa, Let's Do It Again” – Mama, Papa & Storytellers
7. “A Genuine Feminine Girl” – Cindy
8. “Cindy” – Lucky
8a. Cindy Dance – Orchestra
9. “Think Mink” – Golda & Della
9a. Clock Music – Orchestra
10. Reprise: “Genuine Feminine Girl” – Cindy
11. “Tonight's The Night” – Storytellers
11a. Underscoring – Orchestra
12. Ball Music – Orchestra
12a. “Who Am I?” – Cindy & Chuck
13. Shoe Music / End of Act I – Orchestra

Act II

14. Entr'acte – Orchestra
15. Opening Act II – Storytellers
16. “If You've Got It, You've Got It” – Golda, Della, Mama & Papa
16a-c. Underscoring – Orchestra
17. “The Life That I Had Planned for Him” – Mrs. Rosenfeld
18. “If It's Love” – Cindy & Chuck
19. “Got the World in the Palm of My Hand” – Chuck
20. Who Am I Waltz Underscore – Orchestra
21. “Call Me Lucky” – Lucky
22. Reprise: “Got The World” – Storytellers
23. “Laugh It Up” – Cindy, Mama, Papa & Boy Storyteller
24. Reprise: “Once Upon A Time” – Storytellers
25. Reprise: “Let's Pretend” – Cindy & Lucky
26. Reprises: “Cindy” & “Who Am I?” – Cindy & Lucky
27. “What A Wedding” – Mama, Papa, Golda, Della, Mr. & Mrs. Rosenfeld and Chuck
28. Reprise: “Once Upon A Time” – Storytellers
29. Finale Act II – Company
30. Bows & Exit Music – Orchestra

Full Orchestration

Bass
Percussion
Piano
  • Musical StyleClassic Broadway
  • Dance RequirementsModerate
  • Vocal DemandsDifficult
  • Orchestra SizeSmall/Combo
  • Chorus SizeNo Chorus

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1 Piano-Conductor
14 Libretto-Vocal
1 Percussion
1 Bass
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14 Libretto-Vocal

Authors

Author

Michael Sawyer

Johnny Brandon

JOHNNY BRANDON was born in Britian in 1925. After a tour of duty during World War II, Brandon was transferred to the entertainment division as a DJ for the British Forces Network, which led to an interest in songwriting and performing. Brandon became an overnight sensation af ...

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Stuart Wiener

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