Thursday, November 28, 2013

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: Cinderella

It's not as well publicized, but in addition to the shows that perform in front of Macy's Square, there are always a couple of Broadway shows that perform at a secondary location (aired on CBS as opposed to the more popular NBC).  This year the first of those performances were Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. Now, if you read my Sound of Music post, you know that I'm not a huge fan of Rodgers and Hammerstein, and I'm also not a fan of the Cinderella story at all (it's a bit cliche).  So, while I believe the Broadway version of Cinderella to be the best one out there, the show itself still doesn't do much for me.  That being said, my obsession with Larua Osnes has made a fan of at least parts of the show.  And, in fact the Producers were pretty smart in that they chose what is likely the catchiest number of the show ("It's Possible") and the song that used several special effects, took place at a part in the story that is easily recognizable, and showcased Laura Osnes.  Now, they did in fact follow suit with a lot of the other shows this year and perform the same number that they did for the Tony Awards, but it was a little different this time.  For one thing, they performed one full song instead of the medley they did at the Tony's this past year.  Additionally, because they performed in (what I think was) their home theater, They were able to go all out with their special effects (including a flying fairy Godmother and an erupting pumpkin).  This made for the right blend of familiar with new surprises.  Although it certainly wasn't my favorite performance of the morning, I enjoyed watching it and think it was a very good performance.

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