Moonlight Stage Productions Presents CINDERELLA Reimagined
A trio of creators make their moonlight debut and lead Moonlight Stage Productions’ second show of its 41st summer season, “Cinderella” by Rodgers and Hammerstein with performances June 8-25 at 8 p.m. at the Moonlight Amphitheater. Among the cast are some of San Diego’s most beloved theater veterans in leading roles.
With a new take on the beloved tale, this hilarious and romantic musical combines the classic story elements – glass slippers, a pumpkin and a beautiful ball – with some surprising twists. This Broadway tale features Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner”, “Impossible/It’s Possible”, “The Prince is Giving a Ball” and “Ten Minutes Ago”, alongside a hilarious update. and a romantic libretto by Tony Award-nominated Douglas Carter Beane.
Forever etched in theater history as the creators of some of Broadway’s most popular musicals, including “The Sound of Music,” Oklahoma!”, “The King and I” and many more, the production update to “Cinderella” opened on Broadway in 2013. for 770 performances and nine Tony Award nominations. Tickets, priced from $17 to $61, are on sale online at moonlightstage.com or by phone at (760) 724-2110.
Featured in the company are Dhora Da Luz as Ella, Samuel Shea as Topher, Anise Ritchie as Marie, Eileen Bowman as Madame, Samantha Wynn Greenstone as Charlotte, Kumari Small as Gabrielle, Drew Bradford as Jean-Michel, Steve Gunderson as Sebastian, and Zane Davis as Lord Pinkleton.
Director Noelle Marion, choreographer Jill Gorrie and musical director and conductor Tamara Paige make their creative debut. Rounding out the creative team are associate musical director Devon Hunt, scenic designer John Patrick, costume design is from The Theater Company, lighting designer Ryan Marsh, sound designer Jim Zadai, projection designer Blake McCarty , hair and wig designer Peter Herman, additional costume design. by Renetta Lloyd, costume coordination by Heather Megill, property coordination by Bonnie Durben and stage manager Stanley D. Cohen.
Also featured in the Ensemble, Swings and Understudies cast are Daniella Airey, Ellie Barrett, Jake Bradford, Xavier J. Bush, John Cardenas, Beatrice Crosbie, Colby Hamann, Gerry Kenneth, Andres Lagang, Sarah Morgan, Joy Newbegin, Emma Nossal, Kaitlyn O’Leary, Trevor Rex, Jupityr Shaw, Amy Smith, Helen Tait and Morie Williams. Adding to the magic of “Cinderella” is the Youth Ensemble made up of young artists including Sophia Antunes Melamed, Elena Bertacchi, Milly Cocanig, Garrett Currier, Elliana Kuna, Colette Nucci Coogan, Chloe Oh, Ethan Ramos, Scottie Smith and Maya Washington.
Originally shown on television in 1957 with Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” has been remade for television twice, first in 1965 for Lesley Ann Warren and again in 1997, starring Brandy and Whitney Houston. . The original Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” opened with Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Victoria Clark and Harriet Harris.
The remaining musicals of the season are “Something Rotten!” (July 20 – August 6), “Ragtime The Musical” (August 17 – September 3) and “Kinky Boots” (September 14 – October 1). For more information, visit moonlightstage.com or call (760) 724-2110.
Pictured: Top row, left to right: Dhora Da Luz, Samuel Shea, Anise Ritchie, Eileen Bowman, Steve Gunderson. Bottom row, left to right: Samantha Wynn Greenstone, Kumari Small, Drew Bradford, Zane Davis.