Article from NEW YORK TIMES
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May 8, 2001 

'Cinderella': If the Shoe Fits, Fine, but Park the Pumpkin


With its time-tested tale, its melodic Rodgers and Hammerstein 
score, its attractive cast, colorful costumes and penchant for 
broad comedy and cute puppetry, the "Cinderella" at the Theater 
at Madison Square Garden through Sunday (Mother's Day), adds up
to bright family entertainment.

From tiny toddlers to doddering adults, no one is likely to be 
unresponsive to a retelling of a story that promises so much in 
the way of finding true love, whether the seeker, like 
Cinderella, be seemingly shackled to a life of hopeless adversity 
or, like the Prince, barred by privilege from free choice.

As color-blind in its casting as it is all-embracing in its 
storytelling, the lively show at the Garden is based on an 
immensely popular 1957 television production, which starred Julie 

At the Garden, the score, which includes such beguiling songs as 
"In My Own Little Corner," "10 Minutes Ago" and `Do I Love You 
Because You're Beautiful?," has been augmented by the 
irresistible music and lyrics of "The Sweetest Sounds" from "No 

In this production, adapted by Tom Briggs and directed by Gabriel 
Barre, the aural treats are not the sole attraction. Jamie-Lynn 
Sigler (alias Meadow Soprano of "The Sopranos") may not be the 
vocal equal of Ms. Andrews in her heyday, but she charms as the 
unfortunate orphan reduced to a life of abused servitude by her 
evil stepmother. And what a stepmother this is! None other than 
Everett Quinton, reveling in rottenness under his wig and garish 

On the other hand, and what feline fingers it has, Eartha Kitt as 
the Fairy Godmother purrs a feminist message of love in impelling 
Cinderella to go out and get her man. That man is portrayed by 
Paolo Montalban with a strong, clear singing voice and just the 
right amount of democratic decency and princely panache.

Besides Mr. Quinton, the comic relief, scarcely a model of 
subtlety, comes mainly from NaTasha Yvette Williams as Grace and 
Alexandra Kolb as Joy, the witless but wicked stepsisters. And 
pleasant turns are contributed by Victor Trent Cook as Lionel, 
the royal steward, and by Leslie Becker as Queen Constantina
and Ken Prymus as King Maximillian. 

A word of praise is owing, too, to the puppeteers who bring to 
life the sweet mice, the cat and the white bird who never fail 
Cinderella in her moments of need.

Even those who have no transportation as lavish as Cinderella's 
are likely to leave this show smiling.


Music by Richard Rodgers; book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein 
II; adapted for the stage by Tom Briggs, from the teleplay by 
Robert L. Freedman. Directed by Gabriel Barre; musical 
supervision and arrangements by Andrew Lippa; choreographed by 
Ken Roberson. Sets by James Youmans; costumes by Pamela Scofield; 
lighting by Tim Hunter; sound by Duncan Edwards; special effects, 
Gregory Meeh; puppets by Integrity Designworks; hair and wig 
design, Bernie Ardia; orchestrations by David Siegel; original 
orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett; orchestra contractor, 
Michael Keller; music director and conductor, John Mezzio; 
production supervisor, Seth Wenig; general managers, Ken 
Davenport and Scott W. Jackson, Gentry & Associates; production 
stage manager, Daniel L. Bello; company manager, Jeff Pluth; 
executive producer, Ken Gentry. Networks production presented by 
Radio City Entertainment. At the Theater at Madison Square 
Garden, 33rd Street and Seventh Avenue. 

WITH: Eartha Kitt (Fairy Godmother), Jamie-Lynn Sigler 
(Cinderella), Paolo Montalban (Prince Christopher), Everett 
Quinton (Stepmother), NaTasha Yvette Williams (Grace), Alexandra 
Kolb (Joy), Victor Trent Cook (Lionel), Leslie Becker (Queen 
Constantina) and Ken Prymus (King Maximillian).