A Salsa Fairytale
Book & Lyrics by Karen Zacarias
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
What will happen to Cinderella at the ball…game? That’s the surprising climactic question in this contemporary Latin-American Cinderella Musical, which delightfully turns the classic fairy tale on its head, telling the story from both Cinderella and the “step-sister’s” perspective.
(Zacarias) uses humor expertly …creating a recognizable everyday situation to reel in her young audience …Songs by La Puma add grace notes and drive the message home in cheerful bursts.” – Jane Horowitz, The Washington Post
Cinderella Eats Rice & Beans was commissioned and premiered by Imagination Stage in 2003 under the direction of Kate Breyer.
Cinderella Eats Rice & Beans is published by the Dramatic Publishing Company.
This contemporary rap salsa musical has a delightful story based on a fairy tale that is familiar to us all … [it] is about popularity, about being one’s self, respect for yourself and for others … this is a wonderful show.” —SalsaChicago.com
1. YA VINO EL PADRINO – All
2. ROSA’S RULES – All
3. DOS POR DOS – Cinderella, Padrino
4. ZAPATOS MAGICOS – Cinderella
5. THE WEEKEND – All
6. COMPARISON RAP – Rosa, Padrino
7. IN YOUR SHOES – Rosa, Cinderella
8. YA VINO FINALE – All
Latin twist spices up ‘Cinderella’…chock-full of lively songs…Zacarias gives us a fresh setup for the Cinderella story” – Pam DeFiglio, Chicago Daily Herald
Cast: 2 Women, 2 Men
CINDERELLA (CENICIENTA) – A 6th grader from Puerto Rico visiting the United States to learn English.
ROSA – The wicked-cool “step” sister. Loves pop music, basketball and being popular.
JOEY – Rosa’s best friend & head of the pep squad. Also plays NARRATOR.
PADRINO – The Almost-Fairy-Godfather.
Music: Salsa, Cumbia, Hip-hop, Rap. Accompaniment tracks available.
Musical Difficulty: Low
Technical Requirements: Minimal
Suggested Audiences Elementary/Families
KAREN ZACARIAS (Book & Lyrics) world premiere adult plays include Mariela in the Desert (Repertorio Espanol), How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (Round House Theatre), and Legacy Of Light and The Book Club Play (Arena Stage) directed by Molly Smith.
Karen is the winner of the 2006 Francesca Primus Award for her play, Mariela in the Desert (World Premiere at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago). Mariela is also the winner the 2005 TCG/AT&T First Stages Award, the 2004 National Latino Playwrights’ Competition, finalist for the 2004 Susan Smith Blackburn prize. Her play The Book Club Play was part of the O’Neill Playwrights Conference in 2007. Her play, The Sins of Sor Juana won Outstanding New Play at the 2000 Helen Hayes Awards and has been produced throughout the country. Karen is a core member of the Playwrights’ Center.
Her musical plays for young people with composer Deborah Wicks La Puma have enjoyed productions at The Goodman Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, The Coterie, Chicago PlayWorks, Nashville Children’s Theater, The Alliance Theatre, Imagination Stage, Arden Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Honolulu Theater for Youth, St. Louis Rep and more.
Karen Zacarías is the founding artistic director of Young Playwrights’ Theater, an award-winning non-profit dedicated to enhancing literacy, arts empowerment and conflict resolution through playwriting in Washington, DC area schools. She lives in DC with her husband Rett, and children Nico, Kati, and Maia.
DEBORAH WICKS LA PUMA (Music) – see her bio page