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Bad Cinderella on Broadway
Bad Cinderella on Broadway

Bad Cinderella on Broadway

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About Bad Cinderella on Broadway

In the exceptionally beautiful kingdom of Belleville, the fields are idyllic, the prince is charming, and the townsfolk are ravishing. Only one stubborn peasant stands in the way of absolute perfection: Cinderella. To the flawless residents and royals of Belleville, this damsel IS the distress.

From ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER comes “a big, colorful, fun fairy-tale rewrite” (The New York Times), featuring an original story and book by Oscar®-winning writer EMERALD FENNELL (Promising Young Woman, Killing Eve) and lyrics by Tony Award® winner DAVID ZIPPEL (City of Angels). Choreographed by JOANN M. HUNTER (School of Rock) and directed by LAURENCE CONNOR (Les Misérables).

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This isn't your (step)mother's Cinderella. Tony-winning composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and Oscar-winning writer Emerald Fennell give a classic fairytale a modern makeover in Bad Cinderella. Get Bad Cinderella tickets on TodayTix.

The Bad Cinderella musical is set in Belleville, a town where everyone and everything looks perfect. Well, almost everything. The exception is the maid Cinderella, an outcast by choice, unlike in the original fairytale. She changes her tune upon realizing she has feelings for her best friend — believing he won't love her as she is, Cinderella gets a temporary makeover from a local Godmother (read: plastic surgeon). But what will happen when the beauty fades?

Bad Cinderella has all the hallmarks of the time-honored princess story: the makeover 'till midnight, the royal ball, the glass slippers, a Prince Charming. But this version adds a timely message for today, about how what's on the inside really is what counts.

Bad Cinderella premiered in London's West End in 2021, running there for just over a year. The show received multiple nods at London's Olivier and WhatsOnStage Awards, and Webber and lyricist David Zippel's score got a Grammy nomination for Best Musical Theater Album.

That nod was Webber's 15th Grammy nomination to date; he's won the award four times (including a Grammy Legend special award), and also has one Oscar, one Emmy, and seven Tonys, putting him in the select group to achieve EGOT status. His most famous works include Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, and Jesus Christ Superstar among others.

Behind the original story for Bad Cinderella is Emerald Fennell, the Oscar-winning writer of the 2020 film Promising Young Woman. A multi-hyphenate, she also directed that film, was the showrunner for season 2 of Killing Eve, and has acted on shows including The Crown.

Get ready to have a ball at Bad Cinderella on Broadway. Get tickets to Bad Cinderella in New York on TodayTix now.

What to Watch For

  • Webber's musical was simply titled Cinderella when it premiered in London. Like Cinderella herself, the title got a makeover!
  • The Cinderella story is popular with musical theatre writers. Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote a Cinderella musical in 1957, and Cinderella is a main character in Sondheim's fairytale mashup musical Into the Woods.
  • In London, some seating sections in the Gillian Lynne Theatre (where Bad Cinderella performed) actually moved around during the production. Stay tuned to see whether Broadway's Imperial Theatre will be modified for the production!
  • A show about beauty needs eye-catching costumes. An ArtsDesk review of the London production describes the aesthetic as "Elsa Schiaparelli meets Jean Paul Gaultier in pre-revolutionary France," with the women's costumes displaying a "torrent of taffeta" and the men's, "muscle-enhancing minimalism."
  • The London cast of Bad Cinderella were inspired by performing icons. Rebecca Trehearn channeled Miranda Richardson and Jane Krakowski to perform the role of the Queen, and Caleb Roberts's thought of attention-grabbing public figures, like Michael Jackson and even Barack Obama, while playing Prince Charming.
Start date

February 17th, 2023


Broadway, Musicals


Imperial Theatre

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