It came to life in The Broadway Theatre, where writer Douglas Carter Beane (Broadway's "Lysistrata Jones" and "Sister Act") revised the well-known story, modernizing it, though it's still set in some vaguely European 19th century village.
There's a little winking at the audience, without tipping into overly whimsical territory. Of course puppets turn into footmen, a fairy godmother flies and it is "Cinderella" -- but it's "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella," which means a great score.
The beautiful orphan, Cinderella (Laura Osnes, Broadway's "Bonnie & Clyde" and "South Pacific") lives with her evil stepmother and not quite wicked enough stepsisters. There's the cute, though not dashing, prince with a social conscience.
After slaying a tree giant (think the talking trees in the "Wizard of Oz" but on Miracle-Gro) Prince Topher's (Santino Fontana, Broadway's "The Importance of