Jim Luigs and Scott Warrender of Das Barbecu are back in full satiric style with Cinderella, a modern-minded retelling of the classic fairy tale. The world premiere musical comedy is set for a run at the Irving Arts Center's Dupree Theater Dec. 6-21. Luigs directs with choreography by Joel Ferrell.
Luigs and Warrender's Cinderella saddles an overworked Godmother with a thoroughly modern girl who doesn't want to get married and a rebellious young prince at odds with his royal duties. Luigs and Warrender are best known for their Wagner-esque comedy Das Barbecu, which retells the Ring operas as a Texas-style country-western musical.
Drama Desk nominee and Theatre World Award winner Julie Johnson (Das Barbecu, Candide) stars as a burnt-out Fairy Godmother, who learns to love her job again after her contact with Cinderella, played by Dara Whitehead (Dallas' recent South Pacific and Floyd Collins). Clint Carter is the reluctant prince.
Tickets are $15-$27. The Lyric Stage season plays at the Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur Boulevard. For information, call (971) 252 2787. Lyric Stage is on the web at http://www.lyricstage.org.
— By Christine Ehren