Players Guild presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘Cinderella’

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The Players Guild of Dearborn continues its 83nd season with the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Cinderella” weekends through Dec. 6. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m.

The show originally was written for television and features music by Richard Rodgers and a book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II.

 “Cinderella” is the only Rodgers and Hammerstein musical written for television. It was originally broadcast live on March 31, 1957, as a vehicle for Julie Andrews, who played the title role. The broadcast was seen by more than 100 million people.

        It subsequently was remade for television twice, in 1965 and 1997. The 1965 version starred Lesley Ann Warren, and the 1997 production starred Brandy in the title role.

The show’s familiar songs include “In My Own Little Corner” sung by Cinderella; “Impossible; It’s Possible” with Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother; “Ten Minutes Ago I Saw You” with the Prince and Cinderella; “The Stepsisters’ Lament” sung by the stepsisters; “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?” with the Prince and Cinderella; “When You’re Driving Through the Moonlight” sung by Cinderella, the Stepmother and the stepsisters; and “A Lovely Night” sung by Cinderella, the Stepmother and the stepsisters.

The show is directed and choreographed by John Luther of Farmington, with music direction by Paul Abbott of Allen Park. Mike Moseley of Allen Park is producing the show.

The cast features Kate Wallace of Royal Oak as Cinderella, Ken Kilgore of Dearborn as the Prince, Patti Jones of Dearborn as the Stepmother, Juliette Abbott of Allen Park as stepsister Portia, Meg daPonte of Canton as stepsister Joy, Rae McIntosh of Beverly Hills as the Godmother, Patrick Landino of Garden City as the King, Sally Goodman of Dearborn as the Queen and Ross Grossman of Farmington Hills as the Herald.

The ensemble includes Nicole Cooper, Jake Dombrowski, Shelley Hook, Katie Suchyta and Benjamin Timpf of Dearborn; Tim Carney and Jeff Lokken of Livonia; Bill Spurlin of Garden City; Susan DeNeau of Redford; Cjersti Jensen of Grosse Ile; Lindsey MacDonald of Canton and Lark Cederlind of Grosse Pointe Park

        The Guild Theatre is at 21730 Madison in Dearborn, southwest of the intersection of Monroe Street and Outer Drive. The venue is handicap accessible.

        Tickets are $18. Student discounts (with valid identification) and group discounts are available. For more information, call the Guild ticket line at (313) 561-TKTS, or go to its Web site at www.playersguildofdearborn.org.

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