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As part of the grand design of life, princesses don’t always rank at the top of the list. After all, unless they are referred to as “crown princess,” no matter the kingdom over which they may hold domain, they are unlikely to be elevated to “queen” and so they are often emulated for their sense of style and beauty, and less so for their good works or their efforts to make life better for their royal subjects.

But in the rarefied world of make-believe and magic aka musical theater, in which comedy and tragedy are equally celebrated and where a memorable song can lift one’s spirits soaring toward the heavens, a princess means so much more: The princess of musical theater legend and lore is able to transform from a poor orphan who has found herself tempest tossed throughout her difficult life into a woman of great stature and regal deportment, she can express herself with such artistry and majesty that all those around her may feel the impact of her actions, their dreary lives brightened by her very existence.

Fanciful and compelling though that may be, and armed with this knowledge and contemporary cynicism toward such things, we set off on Friday night, to find what lay ahead for us – a man no longer in his 20s, 30s, 40s or even his 50s – when we joined several hundred little girls (from three years old to, well, older – discussing a lady’s age is, at best, recherche and, at worst, insulting – and we realize how sexist this remark sounds as we read back over it) dressed as a virtual rainbow of Jasmines, Belles, Ariels, Cinderellas and Snow Whites for The Broadway Princess Party, a combination theatrical concert and convivial celebration of all things princess, which includes an audience with three of Broadway’s most famous and most admired princesses. Joined by a witty and fey “fairy godfairy” who arranges their music and proves a capable sidekick to the headlining royal trio, a Prince Charming who defines the phrase “tall, dark and handsome” and with Nashville’s very own Broadway princess (in the guise of 2018 First Night Award winner for outstanding leading actress in a musical, Rachel Potter), the princesses were hosting a gala, not to find a royal consort, but instead to challenge their audiences to do more with their lives, to be better human beings and to pursue their dreams, no matter how fanciful and fleeting they may seem, armed with the determination to succeed.


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