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Cinderella (Original Cast Recording)

by Northwest Children's Theater & Ezra Weiss

Inspired by the Broadway of Cole Porter and the Gershwins, this story of a girl, a gown, and a glass slipper will keep your toes tapping ‘til the stroke of midnight.
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1. Overture
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2. I Just Wanna Dance
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3. We Just Want You to Be Happy
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4. I'm Sure He'll Pick You
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5. I Can Do Anything
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6. Practice Makes Perfect
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7. I Don't Need Lights
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8. Rejection Can Be so Sweet
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9. The Show Must Go On
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10. A Song & a Dance
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11. The Reason Is You
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12. I Just Wanna Dance Reprise
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Northwest Children’s Theater and School (NWCT) presents:

Cinderella

Book, Music & Lyrics by Ezra Weiss

Grab your tap shoes and get ready for a lavish re-telling of this classic tale presented in the classic musical style. Inspired by the Broadway of Cole Porter and George Gershwin, this story of a girl, a gown, and a glass slipper will keep your toes tapping ‘til the stroke of midnight.

This original adaptation of Cinderella features an ensemble cast of NWCT all-stars. Making her fourth appearance on the Mainstage, Sophie MacKay as Cinderella trades in her glass slipper for a pair of tap shoes. NWCT student and parkour-enthusiast Martin Tebo “puts on a show” as Prince Bobby, the reluctant royal who “just wants to dance!” His horrified parents, the Queen and King, are played by veteran performers Melody Bridges and Erik James (in his 50th Mainstage performance). Resident Artist John Ellingson leads us through the story as Armando, the page, and Elizabeth Gibbs delivers comedic relief as Cinderella’s ‘ballet mistress’ of a fairy godmother.

Cinderella springs to life from the imagination of Ezra Weiss, who wrote the script, music, and lyrics. Weiss, an internationally acclaimed jazz composer and pianist, was recently listed in the 2012 DownBeat Magazine Critics Poll. In addition to numerous albums as a band leader, Weiss wrote music and lyrics for NWCT’s Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Alice in Wonderland (named one of the “Top 10 Cast Albums of 2009” by TalkinBroadway).

Cinderella is commissioned by Northwest Children’s Theater and School for the 2012-13 Season of Plays.
© 2013 Ezra Weiss (Ezra Weiss Publishing ASCAP) and Northwest Children’s Theater and School. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Act I
After the “Overture,” Armando, the Royal Page, introduces us to Cinderella, a girl who spends all of her time cleaning up after her mean stepmother, Puruline, and stepsisters, Pustula and Putrice. Cinderella’s one joy is dancing. We also meet Prince Bobby, who also loves dancing, and longs to perform in a show. (“I Just Wanna Dance”)

Bobby’s parents, King Morton and Queen Estella, don’t understand Bobby’s interest in dancing, and wish he would just settle down and get married. (“We Just Want You To Be Happy”) When they offer to throw a ball in order for Bobby to find a bride, Bobby decides to treat the event as an audition for a dance partner.

When word of the ball reaches Puruline, she decides that Pustula and Putrice will attend in hopes of marrying the Prince, and sibling rivalry ensues. (“I’m Sure He’ll Pick You”) When Cinderella hears that there will be dancing at the ball, she decides that she will run off to the ball as well. (“I Can Do Anything”)

In the forest, Cinderella meets Madame Tatyana, a fairy godmother/ballet mistress, who helps Cinderella’s dance technique at the barre. (“Practice Makes Perfect”) Madame Tatyana equips Cinderella with a magical dress out of rags and a carriage created from a pumpkin. She warns that the dress will turn back into rags and the carriage back into a pumpkin at midnight.

At the royal ball, Bobby is excited to begin the auditions, but lightning strikes, and all the lights go out. Unable to see in the dark, Bobby isn’t sure how to proceed with auditions. But Cinderella is able to tap dance, and she impresses Bobby with just the sound of her taps. (“I Don’t Need Lights”) The clock strikes midnight, and Cinderella runs away before her dress turns to rags and her carriage becomes a pumpkin. As she leaves, the strap on her tap shoe breaks, and she leaves it. When Armando returns with candles, and Bobby goes to see Cinderella, all he can find is her tap shoe.

Act II
Bobby and Armando go door to door seeking the amazing dancer whose foot fits the tap shoe. After each awkward encounter, Armando lets each girl down with as much charm as possible. (“Rejection Can Be So Sweet”) They eventually reach Cinderella’s house, where they reject Pustula and Putrice. Madame Tatyana appears and has Cinderella try on the shoe. At this point, Prince Bobby gets down on one knee and asks Cinderella to be his dance partner, and she agrees. Bobby decides they’ll put on a show.

As Bobby and Cinderella rehearse with their cast, Cinderella meets the King and Queen, who tell her how excited they are for her to marry Bobby. Cinderella is flabbergasted, as she had only agreed to be his dance partner, not his bride. She almost quits the show, but Armando and Madame Tatyana (who have taken a liking to one another) convince her to stay for just one performance. (“The Show Must Go On”)

As Bobby and Cinderella continue to rehearse, they become close friends. When opening night arrives (“A Song and a Dance”), Bobby and Cinderella confess how much they’ll miss each other once the show has closed. (“The Reason Is You”) The King and Queen like the show so much that they extend the run indefinitely. Prince Bobby asks Cinderella to marry him and she agrees – but in a couple of years. (“I Just Wanna Dance Reprise”)

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Teri Allen

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I love this show and its music -- an absolute delight. Ezra Weiss’ book is a charming and imaginative retelling of a classic, packed with enough familiar bits to charm everyone familiar with the original (and who isn’t) and enough clever newness to make it all fresh again. The music perfectly taps the Porter/Gershwin songbook with a touch of Sondheim and Hamlisch thrown in for added richness, yet the music is very much its own and advances the story beautifully. Weiss’ extensive jazz background is evident in the riffs cleverly tucked into his songs just when you least expect to hear them. This is music written by a very experienced hand. I think it’s on a par with anything playing on Broadway today. This is a masterful piece of work on all counts.
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