By Michelle Koeppl
Segerstrom Center for the Arts Sprinkles Fairy Dust on Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Since Cinderella premiered in movie theaters in 1950, more than twenty Hollywood film adaptations have been made, and what was once simply a beloved fairy tale, in the hands of legendary composer Richard Rodgers + lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II, became a national sensation.
One of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most popular titles, Cinderella was written for television and aired in 1957, to over 100 million Americans, on television sets nationwide, reawakening audiences to its phenomenal magic. Seeing as it is estimated that before 1947, the number of homes in America with a television set numbered in the low thousands, the presence of 107 million viewers simultaneously watching this spellbinding production brought to the screen is nothing short of legendary.
The imprint on American theater that Rodgers + Hammerstein have made is stunning: and their legacy one straight out of the golden age of musical theater. A team most successful at combining dialogue and music to entertain and enchant, the duo also challenged notions of racism, classism, and sexism. Time magazine recognized Rodgers + Hammerstein as one of the top 20 most influential artists of the 20th century, and their work on stage has inspired generations of musical theater writers that followed.
Now, the tale of a young chambermaid lovingly transformed into a princess takes the stage at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. A hilarious, romantic story adapted from Rodgers + Hammerstein’s 1957 television debut, the show follows our spirited and savvy young heroine to Orange County after two years on Broadway. Along with Cinderella, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s legendary musicals include OKLAHOMA!, Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific, and The Sound of Music. Segerstrom Center’s premiere of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella features a new book by Douglas Carter Beane, based on the original book by Oscar Hammerstein II. The musical is directed by Mark Brokaw, and choreographed by Josh Rhodes.
The Tony Award-winning production arrives at Segerstrom Center with a fresh new take on the tale: combining its more classic elements – glass slippers, magical ball, fairy godmother + pumpkin carriage with some surprising twists. More than just a pretty face, Cinderella longs to escape the prison of her everyday tasks and cruel step-sisters, and make the world more beautiful. Fighting for her dreams and opening her prince’s eyes to realize his as well, she never lets her rags or ball gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, forgiveness, and compassion. Mr. Beane’s book blends the musical’s cherished score with songs including “In My Own Corner”, “Impossible/It’s Possible”, and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful” with creative oversight from Tony Award nominee Anna Louizos’ scenic design, lighting by Tony Award-winner Kenneth Posner, and Tony Award nominee Nevin Steinberg supervising sound design. Six-time Tony Award-winner Ivey Long brings her talents to costuming.
Opening April 19 and continuing through May 1, and with single tickets starting at $25, your fairy godmother is waiting for you online at scfta.org, the box office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for ten or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236. The TTY number is (714) 556-2746. The 2pm performance on Saturday, April 30, 2016 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation.
Kids Night on Broadway
One Night Only: Tuesday, April 19 @ 7:30pm
Kids can see the show for FREE*.
Receive one free kids ticket with the purchase of one full-priced adult ticket.
Use promo code: KNOB
Plus, free activities for your family to enjoy together starting at 6:00pm
*Not valid on previously purchased tickets and cannot be combined with any other offer.
Orange County’s Premier Performance Venue
The Center presents a broad range of programming each season for audiences of all ages, including international ballet and dance, national tours of top Broadway shows, intimate performances of jazz and cabaret, contemporary artists, classical music performed by renowned chamber orchestras and ensembles, family-friendly programming, free performances open to the public from outdoor movie screenings to dancing on the plaza and many other special events. Visit scfta.org to find out more.
Six Days of Broadway
Students eager to make their way to Broadway will hone their acting, singing and dancing skills during Segerstrom Center’s annual musical theater camp Six Days of Broadway from June 27 through July 10, 2016.
Students participating in these week- long intensives are introduced to musical theater technique and repertoire taught by some of the industry’s leading professional artists and instructors. Classes will cover topics such as musical theater performance, acting, dance, audition technique and introduction to the business of acting.
Tony Award® nominee and Broadway/film star Erin Dilly returns to lead the program along with Broadway veterans Stephen Buntrock, Danny Gurwin, Hank Stratton, Emily Rozek and other notable coaches and teachers. The program culminates with the talented cast of students showcasing their week’s efforts to invited family and friends.
Six Days of Broadway features two sessions divided by age groups. Students ages 11 – 13 participate in the June 27 – July 2, 2016 session and students 14 – 19 participate in the July 5 – July 10, 2016 session. Classes take place in the professional rehearsal and performance spaces of the Center’s education center located in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Sessions are from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information and to register, please visit www.scfta.org/sixdays, call (714) 556-2122 ext. 4333, option #4, or email classes@SCFTA. org. Enrollment is now open; scholar- ships are available.