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"Scenes and character entrances are announced silently via chalkboard title cards, held saucily aloft by very sparkly, very scantily clad showgirls and showboys...The ensemble contributes lots of wit and intensity to the choreography, but it is the gymnastic moves by the leads that bring down the house." Full Review
"This is a highly eroticized telling of Charles Perrault's baroque fairytale, but never one that sinks into smuttiness...The loose plot allows for multiple extended dance sequences, staged by McCormick with healthy doses of playfulness, allure and danger." Full Review
"'Cinderella' ties its disparate elements together by means of a familiar children’s story, one to which everything adheres, albeit in unusual and unexpected ways. But essentially, the Company XIV style (and various cast members) remains the same; that artsy style...is getting to be a bit long in the tooth. At its present length, it runs out of surprises. This is 'Cinderella,' folks, not 'Hamlet!'" Full Review
"Welcome to the den of debauchery where dancing, singing and raunchy never looked so good...Cabaret, ballet, opera, burlesque, vaudeville and circus acrobatics come to life in a spectacular way. This show like all the XIV’s Company’s work is scrumptious and Mccormick is the genius behind this glorious choreographed pleasure not to be missed." Full Review
"At close to two and a half hours, the show does sometimes drag. Two intermissions are unnecessary, and some of the dance numbers feel overly long. But the dancers are uniformly gorgeous and wonderfully accomplished, and the choreography is crisp and innovative. McCormick's vision is clear and cohesive throughout the whole show." Full Review
"It’s not the moments or even the dazzling individual numbers, it’s the whole picture that transports us into a magical world of tongue-in-cheek glitz and deeply felt emotion rolled together into a densely packed concoction of wonders. Amazing costumes and sets work foot-in-slipper with McCormick’s marvelously inventive, alternately boisterous and touching choreography to turn the show into a happening – and one that should not be missed." Full Review
"'Cinderella' lacks a visceral throughline. Loose moments of improvised dialogue diminish the power of the choreography, and missed moments leave the audience entertained but not necessarily emotionally invested. Amid all of the flourishes, a number of deliberate respites might help the show resonate more deeply. That being said, 'Cinderella' is an explosion of talent. Forget triple-threats, the dozen performers that grace the stage have an unlimited arsenal to offer." Full Review
"Company XIV’s 'Cinderella' is a gorgeous spectacle, a one-of-a-kind rendering of a beloved fairy tale, and just an all-around badass theatre experience. You won’t be able to resist the whole confetti and glitter-filled production." Full Review
"Campiness flattens the narrative, denaturing both the darker elements of abuse and isolation as well as the lighter enchanting elements…When the surface story has been preserved but not its soul, the very reason why we go to the theatre is lost. Over two hours of exuberant spectacle is insufficient when the heart of this folktale is brittle as glass...In 'Cinderella' the sum of its parts did not add up to a rousing whole." Full Review
See it if Disney "magic" is enough for you. The staging IS magical, along w/costume-changing tricks. Otherwise, Leakes playing Leakes is not worth it.
Don't see it if reality tv over-rated over-the-top caricatures of themselves will ruin Disney for you. Keke Palmer was not enough to carry such a huge show.
See it if you want to see a fairytale musical and are okay with simple stories told...simply. Or you want to see brilliant costume changes.
Don't see it if you are looking for a magical experience of fairytale stories on Broadway.
See it if you like the music of Rogers & Hammerstein, lush production numbers, romantic musicals with fairy tale endings, beautiful staging, & acting
Don't see it if sweet, familiar fairy tale musicals aren't your thing or if you prefer something more edgy
See it if My favorite XIV production so far. Fantastic singing. Beautiful pas de deux between leads with chemistry. Interesting costumes.
Don't see it if you're offended by lingerie/nudity on stage or sexual/raunchy humor. You don't enjoy extended dance sequences.
See it if you enjoy burlesque, over the top performing and dancing that is totally on point! By far my favorite of their season. Can't wait for 16/17!
Don't see it if you are easily offended by sex or nudity. This is an adult show, but very tasteful.
See it if You're open to a twist on a classic story. The best way to describe it is weird and wonderful.
Don't see it if You have a problem with cross dressing, exposed skin, or very little dialogue. This is a very visual show.
See it if The R&H version has some classic songs of theirs in a show w/decent special effects and two well-matched leads in the production I saw.
Don't see it if You don't have kids or a date.
See it if a wonderful theatre company, with great adaptations of classics. we see them all. A great show to see with a group of people
Don't see it if you don't like to see a twist on classics, uncomfortable with near nudity
See it if You want to be transported back to the burlesque ages. It's hot, funny, impressive, and unlike most of what you usually see.
Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with (basically) nudity.
See it if you are a fan of Cirque du Soleil style shows; you enjoy seeing an old tale told a new way; you want to hear music in a new way.
Don't see it if aren't into new styles of presentation. You will miss a great show.
See it if You like a variety of performance modes (singing, dancing, burlesque, acrobatics and music) performed by an incredibly sexy cast.
Don't see it if You're expecting a family-friendly show. This is adults only, and very, very sexy.
See it if You appreciate the avant-garde. You would enjoy watching beautiful talented performers in lingerie dance and sing and hang from the rafters.
Don't see it if You are offended by pasties or codpieces. You have challenges watching men in heels or same sex dancing.
See it if You love dance or burlesque. If you enjoy non traditional adaptations of classic stories.
Don't see it if You don't like dance shows or risqué themes or sexy dancers.
See it if you like wonderful dancing, singing, clever staging, 'La Cage'-ish burlesque avant garde entertainment. Very talented cast of men and women.
Don't see it if You don't like beautiful revealing bodies. The show's erotic style warrants those revealing butts, 'BUT' not if it makes you uncomfortable.
See it if You’re looking for the classic, family-friendly musical to bring the kids. The Rogers and Hammerstein score is charming.
Don't see it if You want to see something different or edgy.