Rodgers + Hammerstein’s ‘Cinderella’ Opens at The Playhouse (Wed., 12/7/22)

RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA (musical), adapted by Douglas Carter Beane. Pittsburgh Playhouse Conservatory Theatre. December 7 – 11. 

Calli Brielle McIntyre plays the lead role of Cinderella in the Playhouse production.

Calli Brielle McIntyre plays the lead role of Cinderella in the Playhouse production.

When people say “Cinderella story,” do you think of (a) the 15th seed that beats high seeds in the NCAA hoops tournament, or (b) the ancient folk tale found in many cultures? There is a (c) and it’s happening near you. The Conservatory Theatre Company at Pittsburgh Playhouse is staging Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, an updated version of the famous duo’s original. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II created their musical as a live TV special in 1957. Various stage adaptations followed, with the most remarkable being the one by playwright Douglas Carter Beane, which premiered on Broadway in 2013. Beane revised Hammerstein’s book and added some songs that had been cut from other Rodgers and Hammerstein shows. In this version, Cinderella is socially conscious. She informs the Prince that injustice and oppression run rampant in his domain, due to a wicked chancellor who’s been playing dirty tricks in the government. Will the good guys restore order? Suffice it to say that in the end, the glass slipper fits. Beane’s Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is OK for kids. The Saturday matinee performance is a family friendly performance with lobby activities like magic crafts and photos with the cast before and after the show. 7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh Playhouse, 350 Forbes Ave., Downtown. (M.V.)

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