Saturday, January 3, 2009

Lea Salonga Cinderella Broadway Musical Review

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Posted on Saturday, January 3, 2009

Lea Salonga Cinderella Broadway Musical Review Singapore EsplanadeAfter the musical, I was sending SMS to my blogger friend, Jade, which is also here in Singapore. I told her my feedback of the musical since she also wants to watch Lea Salonga as Cinderella. Jade by the way is a Filipina married to a Singaporean. Not to give away my comment so quickly. Here is what I think about the Cinderella Broadway musical here in Singapore.

I'm going to start with the venue. It's my first time watching in Esplanade Theatre and it looks very nice. It looks a bit small though even the stage. I am seated on the farthest seat and I cannot see the actors faces clearly. If you are watching, make sure to bring your own binoculars. I did not see any binoculars for rent by the way. You can also spare by not bringing a jacket. It's not that cold as I have expected.

At the stage, there's this curtain with Cinderella's slippers glowing. That was very intriguing and imaginative. At the beginning of the musical, Cinderella which is played by Lea Salonga was cleaning the kitchen floor with her bare hands together with her fairy god mother. I knew it was Lea Salonga the minute I heard her sing. The set was just okay and it seems very crowded for Cinderella's props. I am somehow dismayed with the quality of some props like the castle and the background during the wedding. It looked so plain and simple.

Performance wise, Lea Salonga was brilliant. Fairy god mother, evil step sisters and the step mother of Cinderella also did a great job. They were fun to watch especially when they do comic acts. It just surprises me that this broadway musical somehow inserts the present life even Cinderella was told many years ago. That you have to see. The lines from the King, the Prince Charming and the evil step sisters. I think insertions of current events won't hurt musicals like this. That would cater to the not so young generations like me. Kids should look forward to the talking and walking mice.

The music of Cinderella was simple yet beautiful. The actors did a great job in singing the lines clearly that the audience can really understand. Kids would definitely enjoy the music and the story come to life.

Cinderella musical wasn't that bad after all. It wasn't great though. The fact that the story has been told many times has lost the excitement to it. The effects of the musical somehow gave some spark and magic to the story. I have to commend to Lea Salonga and the cast for their great performance. Let's have to understand that this is Cinderella, not Les Miserables or Miss Saigon. We cannot expect an emotional and memorable song from "Kim" or "Cossette." Cinderella is a story for kids and those young at hearts. Bring your whole family and watch Cinderella. Tony award winner Lea Salonga was really remarkable. I hope I can watch her again on a different musical.

Written in association with West End theatre tickets.

6 Responses to “Lea Salonga Cinderella Broadway Musical Review”

bena said...
January 6, 2009 at 10:52 AM

wow! good you somehow enjoyed the broadway show. not a fan though but hopeful to watch lea salonga perform live in a musical stage. happy new year makoy!

Jade said...
January 7, 2009 at 8:03 PM

Now I am really doubting on going. I might just wait for a different play/show...Thanks for the great review though. You did a great job.

Anonymous said...
January 19, 2009 at 12:15 AM

do they allow Cameras?

Makoy said...
January 19, 2009 at 9:08 AM

cameras are not allowed inside. when i took the shots, the usherette noticed me and informed me that it is not allowed.

pehpot said...
March 4, 2009 at 10:21 PM

Lea Salonga is one best musical performer.. just curious if the ticket price is worth it..

I am thinking that it could be better if they will make a Cinderella musical, rock version.. don't you think so?

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