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The Empire to present comedy musical Cinderella in 2024

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (Broadway Version) will the The Empire's 2024 musical

The Empire to ~present comedy musical~ Cinderella in 2024

A musical full of giggles and fairy dust will arrive by pumpkin carriage in March 2024 when Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella sparkles on The Empire stage.

On stage from March 15-23 next year in the magnificent 1,500 seat auditorium, tickets to all six performances of Cinderella are on sale to the general public from 9am November 3, with Empire Cardholders able to access tickets 24 hours early from November 2.

First premiering in New York in 2013, the Tony Award® winning Broadway musical takes a romantic comedy spin on the classic tale musical featuring new characters, a hilarious libretto, surprising twists and an unforgettable score.

The Empire’s General Manager Giuliana Bonel said in addition to the musical announcement, she was thrilled to name Queensland-based Tim Hill as Director.

“With a long line of directing credits, Tim’s wealth of experience and unwavering enthusiasm will bring the magic and beauty of this reimagined tale to life,” Ms Bonel said.

Cast applications for Cinderella will be open soon with auditions to be held in late November.

Cinderella is an opportunity for local actors, singers, musicians, and dancers to work with a professional creative team, and extend their performance experience across the performing arts industry.”

Coming to The Empire after the recent successful season of Billy Elliot The Musical at The Star Gold Coast, NIDA trained Director Tim Hill’s musical theatre credits also include RENT (QPAC, 2018), Mamma Mia! (Star Gold Coast, 2021) Wicked (HOTA, 2019) and Mary Poppins (Arts Centre Gold Coast, 2016).

Director Tim Hill shares his excitement for this version of Cinderella with its re-framed storyline, coupled with its modern sensibilities.

What is so brilliant about this version of Cinderella is how they really empower the title role, without losing any of the magic of the beautiful score and enchanting fairy-tale.

Director, Tim Hill

“We are not just searching for the perfect Cinderella, who we hope will be feisty and powerful, but also a diverse range of captivating characters to bring this enchanting production to life.”

Mr Hill said he wants to deliver audiences with the magical fairy-tale journey they expect from Cinderella (with a twist), complete with beautiful songs, mesmerising dances, stunning design and a touch of theatrical magic.

For more information or to book tickets from November 3, contact The Empire on 1300 655 299 or visit

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