Go inside the rehearsal room for Baltimore Center Stage and ArtsCentric's upcoming all-Black production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, directed by Broadway's Kevin McAllister (Caroline, Or Change; Come From Away), in the video above. The production will take the Maryland company's Head Theater beginning November 25, with opening night set for December 1. The run will continue through December 23.
The cast is led by Jaiden Nuako as Cinderella, along with Nick Moore as Prince Christopher, Asia-Lige Arnold as Queen Constantina, Curtis McNeil as King Maximillian, Kenyatta Hardison as Stepmother, Malshauna Hamm as Joy, Nikki Owens as Grace, Tyrell Stanley as Lionel, and Jade Madden and Pam Ward sharing the role of the Fairy Godmother. The ensemble includes Rowan Campbell, Angelo Harrision II, Patrick Leonardo Casimir, Lady Davonne, Niaja Diggs, Anwar Thomas, Deana Cruz-Conner, Heinz Adjakwah, and Elijah Ali.
Rodgers and Hammerstein's take on the classic fairy tale was originally produced for live television broadcast in 1957, becoming one of the most watched telecasts in history. Baltimore Center Stage and ArtsCentric's production uses a version of the script and score that are adapted by Tom Briggs (from Robert L. Freedman's teleplay) from a 1997 TV remake of the work, a pioneer in inclusive casting with Brandy and Whitney Houston leading the cast. Along with the original score (including such favorites as "In My Own Little Corner," "Do I Love Her Because She's Beautiful?," and "Impossible"), this version of the musical interpolates songs from other Rodgers and Hammerstein works, including "There's Music in You" from the 1953 film Main Street, "The Sweetest Sounds" from No Strings, and more.
The Baltimore production will feature music direction by Cedric D. Lyles, choreography by Shalyce Hemby, scenic design by Daniel Conway, costume design by Larry Boggs, lighting design by Max Doolittle, sound design by Alec Green, and prop design by Antwan Hawkins. Jordan Ross is stage manager, and Cedric Khalil is assistant stage manager.
“We are so thrilled to deepen our partnership with ArtsCentric after presenting their productions of Dreamgirls and Crowns in prior seasons,” says BCS Artistic Director Stevie Walker-Webb. “We are looking forward to welcoming the incredible local artists from ArtsCentric to join us on the BCS stage for this classic Rodgers & Hammerstein production, a show that still warms the hearts of children and adults alike.”