Cinderella Eats Rice & Beans
A Salsa Fairytale
show_cinder

Book & Lyrics by Karen Zacarías
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Published by Dramatic Publishing.

Upcoming Productions

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

New Village Arts, Carlsbad, CA

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 for Young Audiences.

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

 

Buy the demo from Bandcamp.

LightBox Theatre Company, Turlock, CA

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

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

Purchase

Buy the demo from Bandcamp.

Buy the script from Dramatic Publishing.

Chicago Playworks, Photo Credit: John Bridges

Vocal Work Out! CD

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