Thanks to Noel for this article!

                               Saturday, March 17, 2001 


                               'Cinderella' is tale for today

                               By LAURA STEWART (laura.stewart@news-jrnl.com)
                               Fine Arts Writer

                               ORLANDO - The "Cinderella" that opened Wednesday at Carr Performing Arts
                               Centre and continues through Sunday isn't your typical fairy tale. 

                               The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, adapted for the stage by Tom Briggs
                               from Robert Freeman's teleplay, still has the cinder-smudged orphan
                               tormented by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters. She still attends the
                               Prince's ball, in a pumpkin magically transformed into a coach. And she still
                               leaves behind a glass slipper, and marries the prince. 

                               But this is a Cinderella for today, played by a Jamie-Lynn Sigler (Meadow on
                               HBO's "The Sopranos") who is kind but nobody's fool. Her godmother (Eartha
                               Kitt) is more earthy goddess than twinkly dumpling, and her prince (Paolo
                               Montalban, who also played the Prince in Disney's TV special, opposite
                               Brandi) values her strength and friendship over superficial qualities. 

                               The special effects are absolutely spectacular, and the magical
                               transformations are nothing short of wizardry. The colorful, gloriously
                               cartoonish sets, costumes and lighting playfully push the limits, as does the
                               casting of Everett Quinton as a bossy, brassy stepmother. In other words, this
                               is a postmodern Cinderella, a fable for today. The razzle-dazzle show radiates
                               hip, intelligent, good-natured fun. It doesn't so much take liberties with
                               tradition as update a story that in its classic cinematic form was dismayingly
                               anti-feminist. 

                               "Cinderella" continues through Sunday at Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W.
                               Livingston St., Orlando. For tickets, $34-$57, call Ticketmaster at (386)
                               353-3309.