Cinderella on Broadway
One of the many perks of living in New York City is having ready access to Broadway, home to the world’s most spectacular musicals and plays. So when my good friend Jill, founder of Glamamom, invited me to attend Rodgers + Hammerstien’s Cinderella I was over the moon. I thought I had hit trifecta; 1) Jill and I would have a fun girls night out of dinner & theater, 2) I would see my favorite Disney childhood stories live on stage, 3) I would see my sweet friend and Broadway star Laura Osnes bring Disney’s most popular princess to life.
I had the wonderful opportunity to style Laura’s hair when she attended the Tony Awards as a Nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical. Attending Cinderella with Jill would be my first time seeing Laura perform live.
Jill and I prepared ourselves for the show by first visiting the concession stand for a handful of Twizzlers and a bottle of water. After Jill and I were seated I found myself restless while waiting for the lights to dim. You would have thought I was preparing to go on stage to perform and not Laura. Not even the Twizzlers could take the edge off my nerves. My mind was racing imagining what Laura would be experiencing at that same moment. Would she have stage fright? Would she have a wardrobe malfunction? Would the the orchestra play off key? Would her co-star have bad breathe? And most important…would the glass slipper really fit?
Minutes later the theater lights dimmed and the orchestra erupted in perfect pitch. Laura walked on stage and immediately captivated the audience without having belted out one single note. As soon as Laura began to sing I felt whisked away to an enchanted kingdom and became complete immersed in the production. It was hard to imagine this was really the same girl I text, tweet, cut, style and share stories with over the occasional cup of java? Of course not, it was not Laura Osnes on stage, she embraced the role and became Cinderella in the appreciative eyes of the audience. I lost sight of my friend and only saw the Disney character I loved as a child.
The production did a great job recreating the sets for the stage. It is age appropriate for children of all ages, as well as adults that simply want to re-live their childhood. After all, it is a Cinderella Story.
Jill and I with our Twizzler Mustaches
Nothing better than a backstage hug from Cinderella (aka) Laura Osnes
From an actors perspective on the stage looking out at the audience
Cutest Cast Member
I want to personally thank Jill for being the best date ever and the The MOMS for including us in the press preview.
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