Fairy Tales on Broadway – Not Just for Kids: From the Glass Slipper to the Ruby Slipper
J. Wynn Rousuck, former Baltimore Sun theater critic and current theater critic, WYPR
All fairy tales start “once upon a time,” and for a long time now, fairy tales have provided solid foundations for Broadway musicals. What is it about age-old tales like “Beauty and the Beast” and more modern ones like “The Wizard of Oz” that translate so fluidly to the musical theater stage? In some cases, a single tale has spawned multiple musicals, including runaway hits and Tony Award winners like "Wicked" and "The Wiz." Theater critic Judy Rousuck returns to share her insights on why the stories we read as children have evolved into some of Broadway’s most sophisticated and successful happily-ever-afters.
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