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Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella- The Costly Mistake

The story of Cinderella is one of the most famous fairy tales in the world. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical adaptation of the story is one of the most popular stage productions of all time.

The story of Cinderella follows the classic fairy tale closely. This guide explores what happens in Act I and Act II of the musical, the songs in the musical.

Cinderella closed on 12th June at the Gillian Lynne Theatre after being deemed a ‘Costly Mistake’.

The Plot

The first act is mainly focused on introducing the characters and setting up the story.

Act I

Cinderella’s stepmother and stepsisters make her life miserable. They force her to do all the housework and treat her poorly. Cinderella dreams of someday escaping her life of servitude and attending the Ball, but her stepmother and stepsister are a major constraint to this dream.

When the Fairy Godmother appears to help Cinderella, she gives her a magical coach and dress and sends her to the Ball.

Act II

Act II of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella stage musical is a whirlwind of emotions and a darker, more intense Act than the first.

Prince Sebastian must pick a bride before midnight of the Ball. Cinderella arrives unrecognized and confesses to the Prince that she loves him. The Prince fails to recognize her.

It becomes increasingly difficult for Cinderella to walk in her tight heels. At the moment, the stepmother and the stepsisters recognize Cinderella.

Adele is forced by the stepmother to kiss Sebastian at midnight. She is declared the bride by the Queen. When Sebastian recognizes Cinderella, she is already heartbroken. Sebastian is astonished that she felt so hurt.

The Stepmother dwells that her plan has succeeded, while Cinderella laments the loss of the man she loved. She decides to leave Belleville, but her friend, Marie, advises her to plot how she will disrupt the wedding.

During the wedding, Prince Charming comes to the rescue of Sebastian, and the wedding is stopped.

Cinderella thinks the Prince got married, so she packs and leaves Belleville. Marie who hatched the plan to disrupt the wedding informs the Prince about the entire plan. Sebastian goes for Cinderella before she leaves Belleville.

The Prince shows up at Cinderella’s home but only finds her slippers. Fortunately, Cinderella goes back for the crystal slippers. The Prince explains what happened to Cinderella, and the two both realize there was chaos and confusion and agree to flee together.

Songs in Act I and Act II

The following are the songs in Act I of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella:

  • Buns ‘n’ Roses
  • It Has to Be Her
  • Bad Cinderella
  • So Long
  • Unfair
  • Unbreakable
  • Hunks Song
  • Man’s Man
  • So Long (reprise)
  • Only You, Lonely You
  • I Know You
  • I Know You (reprise)
  • The Village Square
  • Unfair (reprise)
  • The Godmother’s Shop
  • Beauty Has a Price

The following are the songs in Act II of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella:

  • Entr’acte (fanfare)
  • The Cinderella Waltz
  • The Ball
  • I Know I Have a Heart
  • I Am No Longer Me
  • Moment of Triumph
  • What Were You Thinking?
  • Far Too Late
  • Ego Has a Price
  • The Wedding March
  • The Ceremony
  • Man’s Man (reprise)
  • Marry for Love
  • Cinderella’s Soliloquy
  • The Wedding Party
  • Finale

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Holly Smith

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