Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella (Broadway Version)

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Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella (Broadway Version)

Full-Length Musical, Comedy  /  5w, 4m plus ensemble

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
New Book by Douglas Carter Beane
Original Book by Oscar Hammerstein II

The Broadway adaptation of the classic musical features new characters, a hilarious libretto, surprising twists, and an unforgettable score from Rodgers & Hammerstein.

Image: 2019 Paper Mill Playhouse Production (Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade)

Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella (Broadway Version)

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5w, 4m plus ensemble
  • Duration
    Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Fantasy, Adaptations (Literature), Fables/Folktales
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences, Children (Age 6 - 10)
Accolades
Accolades
  • Nominee: Nine 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Book of a Musical and Best Revival of a Musical
    Winner! 2014 Tony Award for Best Costume Design for a Musical
    Winner! Three 2013 Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Orchestrations

Details

Summary

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Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella is the new Broadway adaptation of the classic musical. This contemporary take on the classic tale features Rodgers & Hammerstein's most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It's Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” alongside an up-to-date, hilarious and romantic libretto by Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane.

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History
Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella was twice remade for television, first in 1965 for Lesley Ann Warren and again in 1997, featuring Brandy and Whitney Houston. The original Broadway production of Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella opened in 2013 and starred Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Victoria Clark and Harriet Harris.

PRINCIPALS

ELLA – Though no one notices her beneath her rags and quiet demeanor, she is op inionated, charismatic, passionate, beautiful, and funny. Idealistic and hopeful, she courageously challenges the prince to change the policies in his kingdom – and helps him discover who he truly is. Always her late father’s daughter, she is determined to see the good in everyone despite her hardships and suffering. We see her blossom into a confident woman.
TOPHER – A misguided and lost prince who longs to do something important with his life. Though brave and heroic, he feels lonely and unfulfilled. Charming but NOT a stereotypical ladies man, he is thoughtful, appealing, and innocent – with an unforced goofy streak. Moral, genuine, and kindhearted, he is at a crossroads and must take control of his kingdom and his future.
MADAME – Ella’s selfish stepmother. The epitome of vanity and fashion. A ravenous social climber who values wealth, status, and material possessions above all else. Unapologetically dismissive and sometimes cruel, Madame schemes her way up the social ladder.
SEBASTIAN – The kingdom’s Lord Chancellor. Though he is Topher’s trusted advisor, he is devious and selfish. Using propaganda and dishonesty, he keeps Topher isolated and in the dark about his kingdom. Sebastian rules without regard for the lower class, or anyone other than himself – and truly believes he deserves to rule the kingdom.
MARIE – A friend to Ella and the town’s resident crazy lady and beggar woman, Marie is actually a fairy godmother in disguise. Wise, warm, otherworldly, and charming, Marie rewards Ella for her kindness by making her dreams a possibility.
GABRIELLE – Ella’s stepsister and daughter of Madame. Encouraged by her mother and sister to value material wealth and social status, she unenthusiastically joins them in their abrasive behavior. Quietly passionate, empathetic, and witty, she is drawn to Ella and Jean-Michel. Ironically aware that she doesn’t fit in.
CHARLOTTE – Ella’s stepsister and daughter of Madame. Brash, self-centered, materialistic, snooty, loud, sassy, and bratty, she has a ridiculously high, but unfounded, opinion of herself. She never passes up an opportunity to be the center of attention.
JEAN-MICHEL – A feisty, passionate peasant determined to make a change for the starving class. Impetuous. A firebrand, but lacks authority and isn’t taken seriously as a revolutionary. Has a crush on Gabrielle, though their courtship is forbidden because they are from different social classes. 
LORD PINKLETON – The Lord Chancellor’s right-hand man. Announces royal balls, banquets, and even the weather to the villagers.

ENSEMBLE
Giant, Fox (Puppet), Raccoon (Puppet), Footman, Coachman, Knights, Peasants, Serfs, Townspeople, Ladies and Gentlemen of the Court, Servants, etc.

NOTE: In this show, the race of the characters is not pivotal to the plot. We encourage you to consider diversity and inclusion in your casting choices.

In this show, the race of the characters is not pivotal to the plot. We encourage you to consider diversity and inclusion in your casting choices.

  • Time Period 16th Century / Elizabethan, 17th Century, 15th Century
  • Setting Long ago in a kingdom far away.
  • Features Fantasy Costumes, Period Costumes
  • Additional Features Special Effects
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Cautions
    • No Special Cautions

Media

“You want magic? Wait until you see Cinderella!” – Marilyn Stasio, Variety

“A timeless musical treasure! [Douglas Carter Beane’s] script crackles with sweetness and freshness.” – Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press

“A full-on romantic fantasy!” – Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Post

“Lavish family entertainment! This new Cinderella is still built around the lush score for which the Rodgers & Hammerstein version is fondly remembered, including the swoony waltz ‘Ten Minutes Ago’ and the plaintive ballad 'In My Own Little Corner.’” – Adam Feldman, Time Out New York

“The cheeky humor of Beane’s book comes from imposing modern sensibilities (and contemporary lingo) on timeless storybook figures.” – Marilyn Stasio, Variety

Cinderella is a timeless inspiration for young and old alike who want their dreams to come true.” – Robin Leach, Las Vegas Sun

ON BREAKING CHARACTER

Cinderella Through the Years
by Ted Chapin
July 22, 2020

Videos

  • “Me, Who Am I?” from Rodgers __plus__ Hammerstein's Cinderella youtube thumbnail

    “Me, Who Am I?” from Rodgers __plus__ Hammerstein's Cinderella

  • “Impossible” from Rodgers __plus__ Hammerstein's Cinderella youtube thumbnail

    “Impossible” from Rodgers __plus__ Hammerstein's Cinderella

  • Rodgers __plus__ Hammerstein's Cinderella (Broadway) – Highlights youtube thumbnail

    Rodgers __plus__ Hammerstein's Cinderella (Broadway) – Highlights

  • 2013 Tony Awards: Rodgers __plus__ Hammerstein's Cinderella youtube thumbnail

    2013 Tony Awards: Rodgers __plus__ Hammerstein's Cinderella

Photos

  • Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella (Broadway Version)

    Image: 2019 Paper Mill Playhouse Production (Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade)

  • Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella (Broadway Version)

    Image: 2019 Paper Mill Playhouse Production (Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade)

  • Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella (Broadway Version)

    Image: 2019 Paper Mill Playhouse Production (Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade)

  • Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella (Broadway Version)

    Image: 2019 Paper Mill Playhouse Production (Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade)

  • Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella (Broadway Version)

    Image: 2019 Paper Mill Playhouse Production (Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade)

  • Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella (Broadway Version)

    Image: 2013 Broadway Production (Carol Rosegg)

  • Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella (Broadway Version)

    Image: 2013 Broadway Production (Carol Rosegg)

  • Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella (Broadway Version)

    Image: 2013 Broadway Production (Carol Rosegg)

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Music

Music Samples

Act I

“Overture” – Orchestra
1. “Prologue” – Ella & Chorus
1a. “Battle with the Giant” – Orchestra
2. “Me, Who Am I?” – Topher, Sebastian, Lord Pinkleton, Knights & Pageboys
2a. “Cinderella Enters” – Orchestra
2b. “Topher Rides Off” – Orchestra
3. “Parade of Purchases (Cinderella March) – Orchestra
4. “In My Own Little Corner” – Ella
4a. “In My Own Little Corner Tag/Your Majesty” – Ella, Lord Pinkleton & Topher
5. “The Prince Is Giving A Ball / Now Is The Time” – Sebastian & Jean-Michel
5a. “Fol-De-Rol (Scene Change)” – Marie
5b. “Venetian Glass” – Orchestra
6. “Off to the Ball (Cinderella March)” – Madame, Gabrielle & Charlotte
7. “In My Own Little Corner (Reprise)/Fol-De-Rol” – Ella & Marie
8. “Impossible” – Marie & Ella

8a. “Transformations” – Orchestra
8b. “It’s Possible” – Ella, Marie & Chorus
8c. “Into the Palace” – Orchestra
9. “Gavotte” – Orchestra
10. “Ridicule” – Lord Pinkleton & All
10a. “Kindness” – Orchestra
11. “Ten Minutes Ago” – Topher & Ella
12. “Waltz for a Ball” – Orchestra
13. “Ten Minutes Ago (Reprise)” – Ella
13a. Finale Act I – Orchestra

Act II

14. Entr’acte – Orchestra
15. “Stepsister’s Lament” – Charlotte & Ladies of the Court
15a. “Call to Arms” – Lord Pinkleton, Topher, Lords of the Court, Pages, Ella, Footman & Coachman
16. “The Pursuit” – Lord Pinkleton, Topher, Lords of the Court, Pages, Ella, Footman & Coachman
16a. “He Was Tall” – Ella
17. “When You’re Driving Through The Moonlight” – Ella, Charlotte, Gabrielle & Madame
18. “A Lovely Night” – Ella

18a. “It Was You Tonight, Wasn’t It?” – Orchestra
19. “A Lovely Night (Reprise)” – Gabrielle & Ella
20. “Loneliness of Evening” – Topher & Ella
21. “Announcing the Banquet (The Prince is Giving a Ball Reprise)” – Sebastian, Lord Pinkleton, Heralds & Madame
21a. “Madame Rips the Dress” – Orchestra
22. “There’s Music in You” – Marie
23. “The Banquet” – Lord Pinkleton & Herald Trumpeters

23a. “Now is the Time (Underscore)” – Orchestra
24. “Now is the Time (Reprise)/More Fol-De-Rol” – Jean-Michel, Gabrielle and Marie
25. “King Topher” – Crowd
26. “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?” – Topher & Ella

26a. “Midnight Again” – Orchestra
26b. “Eight O’Clock and All is Well” – Lord Pinkleton
26c. “Ella in Rags” – Marie
27. “The Proposal” – Topher, Ella & Company
28. “The Wedding (Finale) – Ella, Topher, Lord Pinkleton, Marie & Company
29. “Bows” – Full Company
30. “Exit Music” – Orchestra


  • Musical Style Classic Broadway
  • Dance Requirements Easy
  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Orchestra Size Large
  • Chorus Size Large

Licensing & Materials

Music Rentals

Concord offers a full suite of resources to help you put on the show of a lifetime!
The Tour Orchestration materials contain cuts and edits not reflected in the Acting Edition. An errata is included in the music materials as a resource for Licensees utilizing the Tour Orchestration. 

Concord Theatricals encourages all customers interested in the Tour Orchestration to rent the Score Perusal prior to selecting the tour orchestration. The perusal includes a detailed errata outlining relavent changes that would need to be made during the rehearsal process in order to utilize the tour materials and acting edition.

As a secondary option, the errata can be viewed and downloaded here.
Standard Orchestration:

25   Vocal Book
1   Piano-Conductor (rehearsal & stick conductor)

1   Reed 1 – Piccolo, Flute & Alto Flute
1   Reed 2 – Oboe & English Horn
1   Reed 3 – Clarinet, E-Flat Clarinet & Bass Clarinet
1   Reed 4 – Bassoon, Flute & Clarinet
1   Horn 1
1   Horn 2
1   Trumpet 1 – Doubling Flugelhorn & Piccolo Trumpet
1   Trumpet 2 – Doubling Flugelhorn
1   Trombone – Doubling Bass Trombone
1   Keyboard
1   Harp
1   Drums – Trap Set, Triangle, Mark Tree, Temple Blocks, Mark Tree, Small Wood Block, Wood Block, Bell Tree, Tambourine, Cowbell, Triangle, Flexitone, Mouth Siren & Sus. Cymbal
1   Percussion – Timpani, Orch Bells, Xylophone, Sus. Cym, Triangle, Small Triangle, Sleigh Bells, Chimes, Mark Tree, Bass Drum, Piccolo Snare, Gran Cassa, Crotales, Bell Tree, Tambourine, Bells, Piatti, Ratchet, Popgun, Slapstick, Finger Cymbals, Glockenspiel, Rubber Udders, Temple Blocks & Tam Tam
1   Violin (2 players)
1   Violin 2 (2 players)
1   Viola (1 player)
1   Cello (1 player)
1   Bass – Acoustic

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13-Piece Broadway Tour Orchestration
(Note: The Tour Orchestration materials contain cuts and edits not reflected in the Acting Edition. An errata is included in the music materials as a resource for Licensees utilizing the Tour Orchestration. If planning to utilize ROCS Performance Tracks for your production, please select the Standard Orchestration or Piano Only Rental.)

26   Vocal Book
1   Piano-Vocal

1   Reed 1 – Piccolo, Flute & Alto Flute 
1   Reed 2 – Clarinet & Bass Clarinet
1   Horn
1   Trumpet
1   Trombone
1   Drums & Percussion – Drum Set, Timpani, Suspended Cymbal, Triangle, Chimes, Mark Tree, Glock., Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Temple Blocks, Wood Blocks, Bell Tree, Cymbal, Xylophone, Crotales, Tambourine, Small Tom, Cowbell, Gran Cassa, Popgun, Slapstick, Sleighbells, Finger Cymbals, Floor Toms, Flexatone, Tam Tam & Ratchet
1   Keyboard 1
1   Keyboard 2
1   Violin 1 (1 player)
1   Violin 2 (1 player)
1   Viola (1 player)
1   Cello (1 player)
1   Bass 
1   Full Score - Act 1
1   Full Score - Act 2

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25   Vocal Book
1   Piano-Conductor (rehearsal & performance)

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Authors

Richard Rodgers

Richard Rodgers' contribution to the musical theatre of his day was extraordinary, and his influence on the musical theatre of today and tomorrow is legendary. His career spanned more than six decades, his hits ranging from the silver screens of Hollywood to the bright light ...

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Oscar Hammerstein II

Oscar Hammerstein II was born on July 12, 1895 in New York City. His father, William, was a theatre manager and for many years director of Hammerstein's Victoria, the most popular vaudeville theatre of its day. His uncle, Arthur Hammerstein, was a successful Broadway producer ...

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Douglas Carter Beane

Douglas Carter Beane was Artistic Director for Drama Dept. at the Greenwich House for ten years. As director/writer his current projects include the musical Hood (score by Lewis Flinn, Dallas Theater Center), Noel Coward’s Me and The Girls (reading at Roundabout, being develo ...

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