It's magical. And, that's not a word I throw around lightly.
It's no secret I love Broadway, and DPAC knows it, too. They took a colleague and me o NYC last year for their 2014-2015 season preview and at the time, I couldn't tell you what I was seeing because it was a secret until the big unveiling. Angela Hampton from ABC 11 was there taping her annual DPAC special, and she was going to announce everything on TV in March, so I had to keep my mouth shut. That was especially hard after seeing this show.
I repeat: I am not someone who throws around the word "magical" to describe things. So, I was skeptical going in, and had zero idea what to expect. Here I am with DPAC's Jennie Lanning, Angela Hampton from ABC 11, and Brian Freeman, my colleague who works for one of our stations, WPTF:
Two days after that pic was taken, Carly Rae Jepsen was stepping into the role of Cinderella. Before the show, we got to see her on stage rehearsing for the part.
The show was awesome, the costumes amazing and I could NOT believe how they made Cinderella's dress go from rags to a ballgown in one spin. Yes. ONE spin. William Ivey Long is the costume designer--he's won a zillion Tonys, and he just happens to be from North Carolina. He actually lived at the Raleigh Little Theatre when he was about 3! Angela interviewed him from backstage. Look at this pic and try to remember the costumes you see on the rack. You'll see some of them tonight at DPAC:
The show is well written, (duh, it's Rodgers and Hammerstein, how can it not be?) it's fun, and it's great for kids of all ages, even those adult kids like me. Bring your daughter or son and let them dress up as little princesses or princes, and maybe you'll get to glimpse the glass slippers beforehand. That's part of what makes Cinderella so magical: seeing so many little kids become so enthralled.
I can't believe how excited I am for this show to open at DPAC tonight. I hope you go and see it and have a magical time, too.
Cinderella opens tonight at DPAC for 8 great shows. Seats start at $35. Click here for more info and to buy tickets: