Writing/Discussion Questions for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Choose one:

  1. The song the stepmother sings, “Falling in love with love,” is not in the original Rodgers & Hammerstein show. What (besides a showcase for Bernadette Peters) does the song add to your understanding of the story?
  2. In two different scenes in the show, Cinderella tells (through song) a romantic story to her stepsisters—first as they are discussing the ball before it happens, and second after the fact. How does having her do this change our idea of Cinderella, if at all?
  3. The fairy godmother tells Cinderella more than once that “if you’re going to get out of here you’re going to have to do it yourself.” Does the rest of the narrative support this claim? Why or why not?






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