Wharton Center Brings The Magic Of 'Cinderella' To Lansing


LANSING - Rodgers + Hammerstein's "Cinderella," the 2013 Tony Award winning Broadway musical from the creators of "South Pacific" and "The Sound of Music," is the first MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway at Wharton Center show of the 2015-2016 season. The show opens in September. Tickets start at $35 and are available at www.whartoncenter.com, as well as at the Auto-Owners Insurance Ticket Office at Wharton Center, or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.

With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic edition of Rodgers + Hammerstein's "Cinderella" combines the story's classic elements - glass slippers, a pumpkin and a beautiful ball along with some surprising twists.

More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this "Cinderella" is a contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting. She is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul who doesn't let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness. She longs to escape the drudgery of her work at home and instead works to make the world a better place. She not only fights for her own dreams, but forces the prince to open his eyes to the world around him and realize his dreams too.

With music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, "Cinderella" was originally written for television - debuting in 1957 with Julie Andrews as the star. In 2013, the show made its long overdue Broadway debut with a new book by Douglas Carter Beane based on the original book by Oscar Hammerstein II.

Rodgers + Hammerstein's "Cinderella" is directed by Mark Brokaw and choreographed by Josh Rhodes. Music adaptation, supervision and arrangements are by David Chase and orchestrations are by Danny Troob. Mr. Beane's book for "Cinderella" blends masterfully with the musical's cherished score, which includes songs such as "In My Own Little Corner," "Impossible/It's Possible," "Ten Minutes Ago" and "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?" Along with "Cinderella," Richard Rodgers' and Oscar Hammerstein's legendary musicals include "OKLAHOMA!," "Carousel," "The King and I," "South Pacific" and "The Sound of Music."

The Broadway creative team includes Tony Award nominated scenic designer Anna Louizos, six-time Tony winning costume designer William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony winner Kenneth Posner and sound design by Tony Award nominee Nevin Steinberg. The tour is produced by Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman, Stephen Kocis, Edward Walson, Venetian Glass Productions, The Araca Group, Caiola Productions, Roy Furman, Peter May, Sanford Robertson, Eric Schmidt, James Spry and Blanket Fort Productions. Rodgers + Hammerstein's "Cinderella" is generously sponsored by Farm Bureau Life Insurance, Jackson National Life Insurance Company, Mayberry Homes, Palmer, Bush & Jensen Family Funeral Homes, Physicians Health Plan and Portnoy and Tu, DDS, PC.

"Cinderella" runs Sept. 22-27 at the Wharton Center's Cobb Great Hall. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. shows on Sunday. For more information, visit http://www.whartoncenter.com.
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