When: Wed., Dec. 27, 1 & 7:30 p.m., Thu., Dec. 28, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 29, 1 & 7:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 30, 2 & 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 31, 2 p.m. 2017
The 2013 Broadway reimagining of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella features an updated book by Douglas Carter Beane. Young Ella is still mistreated by her stepmother and two stepsisters, but now she dreams of a kinder, friendlier kingdom, not just going to the ball. Her stepsisters are similarly fleshed out, with one imperious and the other timid. The Prince, uncertain about what kind of ruler he will make, is now looking for guidance. Still, the basics that make this story a classic for the ages remain, with a Fairy Godmother appearing to help Ella achieve her dream of attending a royal ball, a series of remarkable on-stage transformations and those lovely Rodgers and Hammerstein songs. Cinderella plays the Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; www.fabulousfox.com) for a brief run. Performances are at 1 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (December 27 to 31). Tickets are $35 to $125.