Collegiate grad returns to RVA this weekend to bring ‘Cinderella’ to the Altria stage
It’s time to remember the magic and the nostalgia that comes with the rags to riches fairytale Cinderella at Altria Theater this weekend, but a familiar face to some will be coming along.
From the pumpkin, to the glass slipper, to the masked ball, relive all the romantic, magical moments with Broadway In Richmond, who will feature the award-winning musical production, which brings a contemporary take on Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1957 classic fairytale.
“It’s a really good show with a fun twist on the original story of Cinderella…but it’s a great show for all ages,” said Taylor Daniels, a member of the male ensemble and assistant dance captain for the production.
Now a seasoned performer and choreographer in musical productions, Daniels got his start in musicals right here in Richmond as a student at Collegiate School.
“I was a member of the orchestra and chorus, but my sophomore year was the first show I did, it was my first musical exposure,” he said.
Daniels said Collegiate had a very supportive program when it came to theater and was very instrumental in prepping him for a post-high school career in the arts.
“… Even when I was trying to figure out what college… they had a really big support network in helping me reach the next step after high school,” Daniels said.
After graduating from Collegiate in 2010, the performer went on to study Drama at New York University. He graduated from there in 2014 and after some time spent in the city auditioning, the following year he joined the cast of Joseph the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Once that production wrapped, Daniels went on to his most recent venture on Broadway, Cinderella.
“When I came back to the city after Joseph I auditioned for Cinderella,” he said.
And he’s been on the road touring with the musical since August, one of the things Daniels enjoys most about the job.
“I love going from city to city, we go to a lot of places that I want to go, but wouldn’t just up and check out myself so I get to travel and get paid for it, it’s great,” he said.
The story of Cinderella dates back to the seventeenth century, but this show is based on the 1957 Rodgers and Hammerstein televised musical that starred Julie Andrews. While the story will be the same, there is a new book harkening back to the French fairy tale which incorporates modern touches. Attendees will also hear songs written by Rodgers and Hammerstein that have never before been used in any production.
This will be Daniels’ second time coming back to Richmond for a musical, the first being the Dreamcoat production, and he said he’s excited to come back to the city.
“I love coming back to show my family and friends what I left to pursue,” he said.
And while touring, traveling and showcasing his work to his family are all fun parts of his job, Daniels said the most interesting aspect for him is how the audience reacts to the performances.
“Our show is great regardless, we always have a good time, but if the audience gets into it, it really feeds what we do,” he said. “I know when we were in Canada, we went to Montreal we had a really good audience that week.”
As for the plot twist, Daniels wouldn’t reveal any hints; he said you’d just have to see the show to find out.
Cinderella runs for two nights this weekend at Altria Theater on Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11. Tickets are $43-$73 which you can purchase here. Show starts at 8 pm.
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