Emerald City’s CINDERELLA Is A Modern Girl
The Broadway Playhouse is sure getting a lot of use lately. From I Love Lucy; Live On Stage (on a current sabbatical) to Potted Potter and now Emerald City’s newest production of a very retro Cinderella, this venue is quickly becoming an area mainstay which was many years in the making.
This is not your kiddie cutter Cinderella. The humor, though universal, is meant for adults as much as it is more the children. Double entandras abound and gender stereo-types are explored giving this Cinderella an edge that is a very nice change of pace than the traditional version that is also playing in the Chicagoland area.
This incarnation has been adapted by lyricist Alyn Cardarelli and features vibrant and witty music by Steve Goers. The evil and hysterical step-sisters, Tommy Bullington and Mark Kosten, now don their drag apparel while Missy Karle makes for an earnest and very likable Cinderella who can’t go to the ball simply because she doesn’t have the correct footwear. Well, go to the ball she does and meets her Prince, played by the winning Blake Reddick, whom the step “sisters” desperately want a piece of.
Surely traditionalists will find fault with this production, but the core material is still there and the original message is delivered without abandon. Moreover, the voices are superb, the ticket prices are more than reasonable and every once in a while it is good to take even children out of their comfort zone and educate them on the different takes on a classic story. Might as well start them while their young!
Emerald City’s production of Cinderella runs through January 6, 2013 at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Delaware St., Chicago. Tickets range from $16-$22. Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices and all Ticketmaster retail locations, or call the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000. For groups of 15 or more, call (312) 977-1710. For more information visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com and www.emeraldcitytheatre.com For calendar information please visit www.theatreinchicago.com