Melody Monday: Magical ‘Cinderella’ cast recording, set for digital release tomorrow, will dazzle musical lovers

Santino Fontana and Laura Osnes recording the cast recording of 'Cinderella.'

Santino Fontana and Laura Osnes recording the cast recording of ‘Cinderella.’

All of the whimsical fairytale magic in the Rodgers and Hammerstein production of Cinderella will be available worldwide in just a few hours.

The countdown to the release of the digital album of Cinderella, which opened on March 3 at the Broadway Theatre, has finally come to an end.

While there is still time before the album is released in stores on June 4, fans will have an opportunity to listen to their favorite songs from the musical via digital copy starting tomorrow, May 7.

Cinderella received nine Tony nominations including nods for Laura Osnes for her heartfelt performance in the title role, Santino Fontana for his performance as the slightly neurotic but well-intentioned Prince Topher and Vicki Clark for her performance as the Fairy Godmother, who is more frequently referred to as “Crazy Marie” in the magical musical.

As someone who has seen the production three times and plans on returning many, many more times, the release of the album is an exciting opportunity for the show’s reach to extend to more than just those who are able to make their way to New York.

Most of the songs are familiar, including “In My Own Little Corner” and “Impossible/It’s Possible” but the new cast dazzles with their big Broadway voices and Osnes once again reminds listeners how she evolved from “Small Town Sandy” to the belle of the ball with her stunning vocals.

Osnes is complemented perfectly by Fontana whose voice is an absolute delight. As they fall in love on stage, it’s impossible not to fall for them as a performing pair.

One of the new songs included in the production, “Me, Who Am I?”, is performed early in the musical and sparks the fairytale whimsy, introduces Prince Topher’s colorful personality and teases the power in Fontana’s voice which is later heard on several other tracks.

Other highlights on the album include Ann Harada’s take on “Stepsister’s Lament”, the romantic duets between Fontana and Osnes which include “Ten Minutes Ago” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?” and a tear-jerker rendition of “There’s Music in You” with leading vocals by Victoria Clark.

The only disappointment is Hildreth’s “Now Is The Time”, which discusses new character Jean-Michel’s hope for a free and democratic society, is missing from the cast recording.

The modern twist on this classic story is one that has engaged audiences of all ages and has caught the attention of critics. And now, finally, the beautiful and lively music that makes this production’s cast recording a must-have for any musical theatre fan.

While we wait through the final grueling hours, which songs are you most excited to download? Have you seen the show or will the cast recording be your first exposure to this starry musical?

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  1. I have been counting down the days for the release of this cast album and I cannot wait until the clock strikes midnight! Hopefully itunes is quick in getting it up and available to download. I’ve only seen the show once, but I absolutely fell in love with this new production and of course, the perfect cast. I’ve been listening to the cast album on popwatch non stop since last week and I can’t wait to have it on my ipod/computer so I don’t have to click to go to the next song every time. Every song on it is wonderful, but my favorites are “Loneliness of Evening”, “Stepsister’s Lament”, “A Lovely Night”, “Who Am I”, “The Prince is Giving a Ball”, and I cannot help but well up in tears every time I listen to the “Prologue” and “The Wedding/There’s Music in You”.

    Sorry for spamming with such a long comment. Like you, I am just really obsessed and in love with this show right now :)

  2. Actually, Greg Hildreth’s song is in The Prince is Having a Ball since those songs are basically a mash up in the production. There was a preview on the Entertainment Weekly site. So don’t fear, the song is there!

    I saw it 3 times too and am seeing it at least two more times in the near future. So great. And Laura and Santino are perfection together!