Glass slippers, a pumpkin carriage and fairy godmothers are bits and pieces of a story everyone is familiar with. October 9, 2013 was the premiere performance of a new Resorts World Manila production: Rodger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. An addition to Resorts World’s family-friendly theater productions, Cinderella promises that you will keep coming back for more.
Headlined by Karylle and Christian Bautista, the production directed by Michael Williams is gaining good reviews from audiences young and young-at-heart. Several elements were thoroughly planned to give the spectators an eye and earful. The scene-stealer is the entire stage set designed by Andrew Botha – giant pieces that rotate and glide onstage, convincing life-size props and a giant LED screen with differing animated backgrounds make you feel like you’re in another time and place. Special effects such as quick costume changes, flying godmothers and magical transitions make the production all the more special.
The Disney animation is well-known but the musical however, is another story. Unlike Rodger & Hammerstein’s other works, Cinderella’s songs are not as familiar. But with songs such as Ten Minutes Ago, Impossible, Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful and In My Own Little Corner – all waltz-themed and feel-good musical numbers played by the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra – these just might be your new broadway favourites!
After collaboration with Resorts World musicals for the past years, Mr. Rodel Colmenar and the MPO musicians are faced with a new challenge. “Conducting and playing for musical theater? It’s an unending learning process,” remarks Colmenar. “The music of this show is quite underrated. The material is actually a mix of elegant ballads and beautiful waltzes. It will leave you humming after the show.”
Celebrate the timeless tale and tunes of Cinderella at Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila. Contact (+63 2) 908 8000 loc 7700 for inquiries and reservations.