Article from Seattle Post Intelligencer
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'Cinderella' casts a magic spell over young wannabes 

Thursday, June 14, 2001


Eartha Kitt has been slinking across theater and cabaret stages 
and growling out her songs for nearly 50 years. Kitt, who's 
playing Cinderella's fairy godmother at the Paramount Theatre, is 
as sassy as ever.

In fact, she is the main draw for "Cinderella," a 1957Richard 
Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein musical originally made for 
television and later adapted for the stage by Tom Briggs. 

The sultry songstress still dresses in skintight lamé gowns slit 
up the length of her sinewy legs. She is aslikely as ever to 
growl and purr when she's happy.

Adding to the fun of this "Cinderella" tour is the magic spell it 
casts over young theatergoers. Small Cinderellas, many in 
princess gowns and tiaras and some holding magic wands, sit on 
laps or kneel on seats in the audience. 

These young Cinderella groupies are not disappointed. They giggle 
as the puppet cat and mice frolic with Cinderella, and they gasp 
when they see Cinderella turn from a grimy urchin into a 
ravishing princess in a silver-white gown. 

Jamie-Lynn Sigler as Cinderella is a bit of a disappointment. She 
lacks the stage presence to really wow an audience in a large 
auditorium. To succeed on the big stage, she needs to project 
more and to maintain a more princesslike posture, especially at 
the ball. Sigler plays Meadow Soprano on HBO's "The Sopranos." 
She may be finding it difficult to switch from playing to the 
intimate eye of the TV camera to performing on a large stage.

Paolo Montalban as the prince is graceful and golden-voiced. In 
his first scene, which features the prince and Cinderella in a 
duet of the show's best-known song, "The Sweetest Sounds," he 
establishes himself as the embodiment of princeliness with a 
strong, sweet voice to boot. 

Direction by Gabriel Barre, choreography by Ken Roberson and 
scenic design by James Youmans all strive to please all the 
princesses in the audience. Fantasy sets are soaked with
purples, oranges, pinks and blues. Laser lightning flashes on the 
gold-filigreed carriage that carries Cinderella to the ball. 

"Cinderella's" adaptation from TV to stage lacks the grand, lush 
scoring of "Oklahoma!," "South Pacific" and other Rodgers and 
Hammerstein musicals. It also lacks one-hit-after-another tunes 
and lyrics that have kept people humming and singing their tunes 
for more than a half-century.