Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Cinderella’ musical needs work before Broadway

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There is simply a satisfying philharmonic buried determination successful Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cinderella,” presently playing London’s West End. But, similar the rubric character, the caller amusement could usage a Fairy Godmother’s wand.

Bibbidi-bobbidi-cut 30 minutes!

Bibbidi-bobbidi-scrap the acceptable and costumes!

Bibbidi-bobbidi-more jokes and dancing!

What parts don’t request a magic spell’s assistance close now? The top assets of “Cinderella,” unsurprisingly, are its formed and Lloyd Webber’s heart-racing ballads sung connected a bare stage.

Cinderella, Georgina Onuorah (she is the alternate, the relation is usually played by Carrie Hope Fletcher), makes a striking West End debut with modern popular flair successful a opus called “I Know I Have a Heart.” She sits, shattered aft the ball, connected the halfway of the signifier successful a large achromatic gown and powerfully wails her symptom close to us.

As her Prince Sebastian, a non-traditionally geeky heir, talented newcomer Ivano Turco innocently croons “Only You, Lonely You” astir his nascent emotion for his puerility pal Cinderella. It’s saccharine and soaring — Lloyd Webber doesn’t often enactment those 2 qualities into 1 showstopper — and ends connected a masterful fastener by lyricist David Zippel: “Only you tin rescue lonely me!” Sublime.

Ivano Turco, center, plays Prince Sebastian successful  "Cinderella."Ivano Turco, center, plays Prince Sebastian successful “Cinderella.”©Tristram Kenton

Problem is this revisionist “Cinderella” isn’t acheronian and brooding similar “The Phantom of the Opera.” With a publication by Oscar-winning “Promising Young Woman” scribe Emerald Fennell, it fancies itself a philharmonic comedy, similar “Guys and Dolls” oregon “Hairspray.” But astatine the matinee I attended, the soundless assemblage mightiness arsenic good person been watching Ibsen. 

“Cinderella,” astatine times, brings a teardrop to your eye, but astir ne'er puts a grin connected your face. 

That joylessness needs to beryllium remedied if it wants — as Lloyd Webber precocious told The Post it does — to travel to Bibbidi-bobbidi-Broadway.

Fennell’s revamped crippled starts disconnected campy. Cinders is acceptable successful Belleville, a storybook French municipality that prizes itself connected the oo-la-la hotness of its residents. “Every 1 a chiseled god, with a ripped and rockin’ bod!,” the ensemble sings arsenic manager Laurence Connor’s turntable twirls these sexy radical astir truthful overmuch you’d deliberation helium was auditioning to beryllium a DJ.

Belleville depends, not connected farming oregon textiles to enactment afloat, but tourism. The wrench successful their plan? Cinderella, a rebellious, angry, black-dress wearing orphan who spews verbal venom and defaces spot with spray paint. Her intro tune is “Bad Cinderella” — “Girl from the gutter, unpleasant peasant,” it goes. Because of her goth-y antics, the hamlet loses the coveted “Most Attractive Town” prize.

One miss hurting the section system by being a teen is simply a alternatively low-stakes crippled if you inquire me, but the philharmonic rapidly forgets astir it anyway.

The nutrient is successful the emotion story.

A wedding is afoot successful  Andrew Lloyd Webber's philharmonic  "Cinderella," presently  playing London's West End.A wedding is afoot successful Andrew Lloyd Webber’s philharmonic “Cinderella,” presently playing London’s West End.©Tristram Kenton

Prince Charming, the municipality believes, died successful war, truthful present it’s up to his less-buff member Sebastian (Turco) to wed and go king — due to the fact that thing draws crowds similar a royal wedding. Seb conscionable truthful happens to beryllium Cinderella’s lone friend, and realizes that she’s been his destined bride each along. In bid to enactment a ringing connected it, helium tells her she indispensable travel to the shot and creation with him. Easy enough.

For a straightforward tale, the amusement takes its saccharine clip — a bully 2 hours, 45 minutes each told. You deliberation you don’t cognize what’s going connected successful a scene, but the reply tends to beryllium “filling time.”

The queen and Cinderella’s step-mother (Rebecca Trehearn and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, beardown comedic talents with meh material) casually crippled to wed Sebastian disconnected to 1 of the evil stepsisters.

Cinderella (Carrie Hope Fletcher) lives with her stepmother (Victoria Hamilton-Barritt) and stepsisters (Georgina Castle and Laura Baldwin) successful  "Cinderella." Cinderella (Carrie Hope Fletcher) lives with her stepmother (Victoria Hamilton-Barritt) and stepsisters (Georgina Castle and Laura Baldwin) successful “Cinderella.” ©Tristram Kenton

A muscled radical called The Hunks creation astir shirtless and boast of their masculinity similar we’re astatine a Vegas bachelorette enactment that besides invited children.   

The Fairy Godmother (Gloria Onitiri with a booming voice) strangely holds nip-tuck scalpels and syringes arsenic she belts “Beauty Has A Price.”

The show’s past unwieldy fractional hr shifts settings, from Belleville to Crazytown.

Our disorder is not ever the book’s fault. Connor’s plodding, one-note absorption is the production’s biggest offender, and Gabriela Tylesova’s drab and forgettable sets and costumes travel successful a adjacent second, made particularly noticeable due to the fact that Broadway has seen dazzling storybook designs successful “Into The Woods,” “Shrek the Musical” and, well, the 2013 revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.”

But disconnected successful his ain small corner, successful his ain small seat is Andrew Lloyd Webber and his marvelous philharmonic score, filled with catchy hooks and intoxicating melodies that you’ll privation to replay implicit and over. If the amusement makes it to Broadway (the Shubert Organization’s Bob Wankel was expected to alert retired to spot it today, but delayed his travel astatine the past minute), let’s commune his collaborators conscionable him astatine the ball.