Cinderella: A Gothic Fairytale
"Stephen Bradnum & Richard Roebuck have created a fresh and exciting new musical based on one of the world's most popular fairytales, a triumph!"
Cinderella is a modern retake on the rags to riches love story known to millions through the classic fairytale and Disney film. Stylistically influenced by Baz Luhrmann's 2001 film 'Moulin Rouge' the story has been adapted and retold in a fresh and fascinating way. The step mother is truly evil, possibly suffering mental delusions brought on by advanced syphilis! The step sisters are not ugly, both Roebuck and Bradnum felt that this would give them an obvious reason to dislike Cinderella - irrational hatred is, after all, far more disturbing. Perhaps the biggest change is the removal of the 'Fairy Godmother' character, replaced by a dream like sequence where Cinderella is faced with her own destiny and must choose the path she will follow.
Three endings have been written for the show, it is the intention of the writers that each night the ending that plays will be randomly chosen, however, on the show's premier run Bradnum and Roebuck chose to stay with the most dramatic, shocking and upsetting of the three endings, this proved hugely popular with audiences; however, all three endings still remain as part of the show.
Cinderella is a traditional book musical and features a classical score complemented by some of Roebuck's most romantic and moving lyrics, from the self deprecating 'The Night Behind My Window' to the soaring love duet 'Till The End Of Time' the lyrics draw the audience into the story and give the characters a depth often lacking in musical theatre.
"THE NIGHT BEHIND MY WINDOW
HELD BACK BY PANES OF GLASS
TONIGHT THE WINDOW’S OPEN
AND THE PAINS ARE COMING BACK"