Cinderella

There's nothing too colorful, gaudy, or over-the-top for this holiday revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (a show the famous duo wrote as a 1957 TV production). Directed by Brandon Ivie, it's a sparkly, Disney-fied fairy tale, with everything from the sets to the makeup taking on a cartoon quality. The upside is that children will be entranced. The downside is that the virtue-is-rewarded moral of the original Cinderella story is largely upstaged by campy comedy and expensive gimmickry. Still, the voices are uniformly beautiful in Cinderella's musical numbers, and Jennifer Paz makes for a lovely and graceful heroine. Some of the special effects are truly spectacular, as when the Fairy Godmother (Kendra Kassebaum) shows up and sends sparks flying all over the stage. The sheer quantity of the sets and costumes is impressive, if not entirely necessary. Cinderella is a simple tale, but this production team has done everything in its power to make it big and boisterous. BRENT ARONOWITZ [See Brent's full review.]

Fri., Nov. 25, 8 p.m.; Nov. 26-Dec. 31, 2011

 
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