Sep 25, 2014
Cinderella: Men in Tights
And Cinderella is the most heterosexist of the lot. It's based on the most iconic of Charles Perrault's fairy tales:
1. Cinderella escapes from her horrible childhood home to a fancy dress ball, with the help of a fairy godmother and a furry-animal makeover.
2. The Handsome Prince falls in love with her.
3. She flees at midnight, before she turns into a pumpkin.
4. The Handsome Prince tries her shoe out on every woman in the kingdom, but it only fits Cinderella.
There have been about 20 ballet versions, but the most commonly performed is the 1945 version with music composed by Sergei Prokofiev.
Still entirely heterosexist, from stem to stern.
Fortunately, costumers usually compensate by dressing the Prince in the most tightly revealing leotards they can find.
See also: The Midsummer Night's Dream Ballets.