Note: Musical2013-Cinderella-OriginalPoster // Stuart Damon Lesley Ann Warren Cinderella //
Ben Brantley of The New York Times called the production a "glittery patchwork of a show" that "wants to be reassuringly old-fashioned and refreshingly irreverent, sentimental and snarky, sincere and ironic, all at once." Brantley added that the show "doesn’t seem to know quite what" it wants to be. The Financial Times praised the cast, especially Osnes, the costumes and the choreography and opined that "the production is an absolute joy, marred only by occasional slowness of pace." Richard Zoglin, writing for Time magazine, noted that the new production is "brightly colored, high spirited and well sung", but comparing it with the "emotionally alive" 1957 broadcast, he found the original stepsisters to be "more credible and less cartoonish than their present-day equivalents" and thought that the Prince and Cinderella "make a dreamier pair – you actually can believe they are falling in love. ... The new Broadway version, for all its hip updating, is a much less adventurous project." A reviewer from the Chicago Tribune wrote:
The fundamental problem with ... Beane's perplexing, wholly unromantic and mostly laugh-free new book ... – which turns the heroine into a social reformer ... the stepsisters ... into sympathetic, wounded creatures of thwarted desire, and Prince Charming ... into a myopic dunce who needs his eyes opened to the poverty of his people – is that it denies the audience the pleasure of instant reversals of fortune. ... This new version ends up collapsing the basic logic of the familiar story and tramples all over the musical soul of a score from another era.
On the other hand, an Associated Press review praised Beane's script and wrote that it "crackles with sweetness and freshness, combining a little Monty Python's Spamalot with some Les Misérables. It also found the cast "first-rate" and the overall story "quirky, yet heart filled". The reviewer from USA Today also liked the production, commenting:
Osnes and a gifted supporting cast make this fairy tale very much their own – a scrumptious trifle that, for all its hokey moments, will charm theatergoers of all ages. Beane['s] Cinderella is not merely a kind maiden in distress, but a curious young woman becoming aware of injustices beyond her own shabby treatment. ... If the twist sounds a bit like a post-feminist contrivance, Beane keeps things sufficiently light and whimsical; the satire may verge on dopey at times, but it's never pretentious. And Brokaw elicits breezy, witty performances from his players, who could hardly be better suited to their roles. ... The visual effects are ... more dazzling than the score.
An original Broadway cast recording of the production was issued by Ghostlight Records in 2013. The album features arrangements of the score by David Chase and was conducted by Andy Einhorn. Orchestrations are by Danny Troob.
Awards and nominations
The musical was nominated for nine Tony Awards, winning only one for William Ivey Long's costume design. It received five Drama Desk Award nominations, winning three, for Outstanding Orchestrations, Costume Design and, for Osnes, Outstanding Actress in a Musical. It was also nominated for two Drama League Awards but did not win either, and for eight Outer Critics Circle Awards, winning one for costume design.
Original Broadway production
|2013||Tony Award||Best Revival of a Musical||Nominated|
|Best Book of a Musical||Douglas Carter Beane||Nominated|
|Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical||Santino Fontana||Nominated|
|Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical||Laura Osnes||Nominated|
|Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical||Victoria Clark||Nominated|
|Best Costume Design||William Ivey Long||Won|
|Best Lighting Design||Kenneth Posner||Nominated|
|Best Sound Design||Nevin Steinberg||Nominated|
|Best Orchestrations||Danny Troob||Nominated|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Revival of a Musical||Nominated|
|Outstanding Actress in a Musical||Laura Osnes||Won|
|Outstanding Choreography||Josh Rhodes||Nominated|
|Outstanding Costume Design||William Ivey Long||Won|
|Outstanding Orchestrations||Danny Troob||Won|
|Drama League Award||Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical||Nominated|
|Distinguished Performance Award||Laura Osnes||Nominated|
|Outer Critics Circle Award||Outstanding Revival of a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)||Nominated|
|Outstanding Book of a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway)||Douglas Carter Beane||Nominated|
|Outstanding Actor in a Musical||Santino Fontana||Nominated|
|Outstanding Actress in a Musical||Laura Osnes||Nominated|
|Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical||Victoria Clark||Nominated|
|Outstanding Choreographer||Josh Rhodes||Nominated|
|Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical)||William Ivey Long||Won|
|Outstanding Lighting Design (Play or Musical)||Kenneth Posner||Nominated|