Cinderella Eats Rice & Beans

A Salsa Fairytale

Book & Lyrics by Karen Zacarías
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma

Synopsis

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

History

Chicago Playworks production
Chicago Playworks production

Cinderella Eats Rice & Beans was commissioned and premiered by Imagination Stage in 2003 under the direction of Kate Breyer. It is a featured play in the book “Palabras del Cielo: An Exploration of Latino/a Theatre forYoung Audiences“.

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

Musical Numbers

1. YA VINO EL PADRINO - All
1. YA VINO EL PADRINO - All



2. ROSA'S RULES - All
2. ROSA'S RULES - All



3. DOS POR DOS - Cinderella, Padrino



4. ZAPATOS MAGICOS - Cinderella
4. ZAPATOS MAGICOS - Cinderella



5. THE WEEKEND - All
5. THE WEEKEND - All



6. COMPARISON RAP - Rosa, Padrino



7. IN YOUR SHOES - Rosa, Cinderella



8. YA VINO FINALE - All


Chicago Playworks Production
Chicago Playworks Production

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

Production Elements

Rosa and Padrino at Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD production
Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD

Cast: 2 Women, 2 Men

Female:
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.

Male:
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

Authors

KAREN ZACARÍAS (Book & Lyrics) was recently hailed by American Theatre magazine as one of the most produced playwrights in the United States. Her plays include Destiny of DesireNative GardensMariela in the DesertLegacy of LightThe Book Club Play and The Sins of Sor Juana; adaptations include Into the Beautiful NorthJust Like Us and How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent. Zacarías has written 10 TYA musicals with composer Debbie Wicks La Puma including Oliverio: A Brazilian TwistElla Enchanted: The MusicalChasing George Washington: A White House AdventureEinstein Is a DummyLooking for Roberto ClementeFrida LibreJane of the JungleCinderella Eats Rice and BeansFerdinand the Bull and The Magical Piñata. She collaborated on the libretto for Sleepy Hollow and Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises for the Washington Ballet at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Her plays have been produced at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Goodman Theatre, South Coast Repertory, the Guthrie Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Round House Theatre, GALA Hispanic Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Dallas Theater Center and many more. Zacarías is a core founder of the Latino Theater Commons, a national network that strives to update the American narrative to including the stories of Latinos. She is the founder of Young Playwrights’ Theater, an award-winning theatre company that teaches playwriting in local public schools in Washington, D.C., and she is proud to be Arena Stage’s first resident playwright. Zacarías lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and three children.  www.karenzacarias.com.

DEBORAH WICKS LA PUMA (music) – see her bio page

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