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CINDERELLA Steps into Tony History

With the 9 Tony Award nominations for Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA announced this morning, once again Rodgers and Hammerstein stand tall and proud among the best of Broadway.

 
Rodgers and Hammerstein take a bow on opening night 2013, Photo Credit Walter McBride
Rodgers and Hammerstein take a bow on opening night 2013, Photo Credit Walter McBride

Perhaps Rodgers & Hammerstein are unique in the world of the Tony Awards for having received so many nominations, awards, and special Tony awards over the years – not only for the premiere productions, but for revivals, subsequent revivals, even revisals, and shows whose Broadway premieres came years after their initial creation.  STATE FAIR led that particular way in 1996, when the first stage version of the beloved 1945 film received two Tony nominations.

CINDERELLA, originally created for CBS Television in 1957, has never been on Broadway before, and this spectacular multi-nominated production brings with it not only Rodgers & Hammerstein pedigree, but a host of collaborators and performers whose amazing work was acknowledged this morning.   It’s a rare breed – a title familiar enough among the world of musical theater to be recognized as a classic – hence the classification of it as a Revival (now a nominated Revival!) – and yet new enough to have an entirely new book (now a nominated book!) as well as an entirely new and fresh take on the fairy tale world the story warrants (now with nominated costumes, lighting, sound, orchestrations!)  And then the cast – when Cinderella, the Prince, and the Fairy Godmother all get Tony nominations, you know something is right with the world.  Especially with the world of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA.

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