Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella In Concert, Cadogan Hall | Review

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella In Concert
20/10/19
Cadogan Hall
Reviewed by Mia Goddard
★★★★★
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella was originally written in the 50s for television, been adapted for the stage multiple times and has seen the likes of Julie Andrews and, most recently, Broadway-favourite Laura Osnes take on the title role.

This past weekend I was lucky enough to catch its UK debut in a one-off staged concert of the piece performed at Cadogan Hall. The London Musical Theatre Orchestra were joined by Christine Allado and Jac Yarrow and many more to produce this magical show.

This was a semi-staged production, but the beautiful projected animations brought this story to life. The plot is the one that we all know and love, but with a few modern twists.

The young Prince (Jac Yarrow) is now old enough for him to take control of his kingdom. However, that kingdom is filled with social inequality and young revolutionary Jean Michel (Dean John-Wilson) wants everyone to know it. In the end, it’s Cinderella (Christine Allado) who shows Prince Topher the truth, and introduces the kingdom to kindness and compassion. This may not be the exact Disney version we all know and love, but its modern twists and adaptions make this version equally as magical.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s score is simply remarkable. The London Musical Theatre Orchestra, under the direction of Freddie Tapner,  are utterly brilliant and every single note was perfection.

As Ella, Christine Allado portrays a charming young woman, and shows confidence no matter what is thrown her way. Her rendition of ‘In My Own Little Corner’ is a real highlight of the evening and she possess the most beautiful voice. Her chemistry with Jac Yarrow’s instantly likeable and grounded Prince Topher is absolutely perfect, with their vocals working in beautiful harmony during ‘Ten Minutes Ago’, and ‘Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful’, which had to be my favourite moment of the show.

Jodie Jacobs was hysterical as the self-absorbed Charlotte, with her rendition of ‘Stepsister’s Lament’ containing a brilliant sense of comic timing, a real joy to watch.

Mazz Murray as Madame is deliciously sharp and witty and Dianne Pilkington was wonderfully warm and funny as Marie.

Dean John Wilson made the perfect Jean-Michel and showed superb vocals alongside Zoe Rainey as Gabrielle who was equally as charming.

Jac Yarrow was just magnificent as Prince Topher, with his gorgeous vocals and he barely looked at his script, fully engaged with his audience.

The show would not have been the same without the ensemble who really brought everything together with the most stunning harmonies. Without exception, this is a gorgeously sung production.

It was easy to picture the dancing or movement that would have accompanied the music in a full production, but one could not help feeling that this concert version actually brought more magic by leaving something to the imagination. A truly magical evening.

Photo Credit: Darren Bell