Cinderella – Beyond the Glass Slipper

Cinderella – Beyond the Glass Slipper

Kudos to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust as they brought yet another wonderful Broadway show to the tri-state area with Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. As a kid, I loved the Disney version of the fairy tale so much that, before I could read, I memorized the story, word-for-word, that was read to me every night before bed. I had an array of books from which to choose, but always selected Cinderella. When my husband surprised me with tickets to the Tony award-winning musical at Heinz Hall, I was thrilled at the notion of taking a walk down memory lane with a younger version of myself.

Since we were seeing the 1 p.m. performance, the day started with brunch at Braddock’s – the restaurant inside the Renaissance that is just a short walk from the Cultural District. The Pirates were also playing at home, so downtown was bustling for a Sunday. We finished brunch early and thought it would be fun to people watch. It was certainly an eclectic group – theater goers mixed in with baseball fans. My favorite part was seeing all the little girls donning their princess dresses and tiaras on their way to the show.

If you’ve not been to Heinz Hall, it’s a beautiful venue that is home to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. It was built in 1927 as Loew's Penn Theatre and was renovated and reopened as Heinz Hall in 1971. It puts on about 200 performances each year.

Once Cinderella was underway, I took note of some differences in the storyline compared to that of the Disney story to which I was so accustomed. However, the premise was the same – living with a wicked step-mother and her two step-sisters after her father passed away, Cinderella, with the help of her fairy godmother, makes it to the ball and is chosen by the handsome prince to be his bride. Within the storyline, though, Rodgers & Hammerstein conveyed two messages to the young Cinderellas in the audience – always choose kindness and you can be anything you want to be. I thought those were nice additions to the story. Hopefully, the young ladies attending the show will keep those two points in mind as they grow up and pursue their dreams, whatever those may be.

As for me, I think I am going to peruse Zappos. After all, a new pair of shoes can make all the difference. Just ask Cinderella!

Today's blog: Over the weekend Michele Rejonis saw Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella at Heinz Hall and though it brought back some memories from her childhood, it also taught some new life lessons! And is encouraging her to shoe shop, of course...