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Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella is the name of a musical written for television by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II based upon the fairy tale, Cinderella. It was produced for television three times, all of which are now available on DVD. The first version, starring Julie Andrews, first appeared on television in 1957. The second version, starring Lesley Ann Warren, first appeared on television in 1965. The third version, starring Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as the Fairy Godmother, first appeared on television in 1997. It has also been adapted for the stage. Rodgers (left) and Hammerstein (right), with Irving Berlin (middle) and Helen Tamiris, watching auditions at the St. ... The Fantasticks was the longest-running musical in history. ... For more on his work with his two partners, see Rodgers and Hart and Rodgers and Hammerstein. ... For work done with Richard Rodgers, see Rodgers and Hammerstein Oscar Hammerstein II (July 12, 1895 – August 23, 1960) was a New-York born writer, producer, and (usually uncredited) director of musicals for almost forty years. ... A fairy tale is a story, either told to children or as if told to children, concerning the adventures of mythical characters such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, giants, and others. ... Gustave Dorés illustration for Cendrillon For other uses, see Cinderella (disambiguation). ... DVD (commonly known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Lesley Ann Warren Lesley Ann Warren (born August 16, 1946), is an American actress. ... Brandy Rayana Norwood (born February 11, 1979), known professionally as Brandy, is an American actress and Grammy Award-winning R&B singer. ... Whitney Houston (born on August 9, 1963) is a Grammy and Emmy Award winning American R&B/pop singer, actress, former fashion model, record and movie producer. ...

Contents

List of songs

This list is from the original 1957 version; the 1965 and 1997 versions each added one or more songs from other Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals.

  • Overture
  • In My Own Little Corner (Cinderella)
  • Boys and Girls like you and me (King and Queen)
  • The Prince Is Giving A Ball (Herald and chorus)
  • In My Own Little Corner (Reprise) (Cinderella)
  • Impossible; It's Possible (Cinderella and Fairy Godmother)
  • Gavotte
  • Ten Minutes Ago (Prince and Cinderella)
  • Stepsisters' Lament (Step-sisters)
  • Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful? (Prince)
  • When You're Driving Through Moonlight
  • A Lovely Night (Prince)
  • The Search
  • The Wedding
  • Mother And Daughter March
  • Waltz For A Ball
  • Never In a Thousand Years (eventually omitted from the production)


1957 television version

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Roles and original cast

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Production and broadcast

This version appeared as a U.S. live broadcast (except on the west coast) on March 31, 1957. It was written specifically for CBS television, enticed (as Rodgers wrote in his autobiography) by the opportunity to write for Julie Andrews, who was to play the title role. It also included a 28-piece orchestra, 20 dancers, and seven ensemble singers. PST is UTC-8 The Pacific Standard Time Zone (PST) is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting eight hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) resulting in UTC-8. ... March 31 is the 90th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (91st in leap years), with 275 days remaining. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1957. ... CBS is one of the largest radio and television networks in the United States. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


It was produced for $376,000 (very expensive for its time), and heavily promoted by its sponsors, Pepsi-Cola and the Shulton Company (then maker of Old Spice). The promotion and an appearance by Rodgers and Hammerstein on The Ed Sullivan Show the week before helped to give the telecast an alleged audience of 107 million people, the largest achieved by that time (and more than any subsequent television series episode as of 2004). It was televised in color and the entire cast and orchestra made a separate stereo recording of the music for Columbia Records, which was later issued on CD by Sony. The current Pepsi logo Pepsi-Cola (often shortened to Pepsi), is a carbonated cola soft drink manufactured by PepsiCo, and the principal rival of Coca-Cola. ... Old Spice is a popular mens cologne or aftershave as well as the brand name for a line of related products. ... Ed Sullivan The Ed Sullivan Show was an American television variety show that ran from June 20, 1948 to June 6, 1971, and was hosted by former entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan. ... The following is a list of most watched television episodes, organized by country and based on various criteria. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Reviews

A New York Times review by Jack Gould on April 7, 1957 characterized it as "a pleasant Cinderella that lacked the magic touch." He said that the broadcast received an "extraordinary range of reactions; it was either unreservedly enjoyed, rather angrily rejected or generally approved, subject to significant reservations." The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ...


He praised Andrews as a "beguiling vision" in "lovely color video." But he complained about the book ("What possessed Mr. Hammerstein to turn the stepsisters into distasteful vaudeville clowns?"); about errors in "the most elementary kind of showmanship;" about costume ("couldn't Cinderella have been dressed in a dreamlike ball gown of fantasy rather than a chic, form-fitting number?"); about the songs ("not top-drawer Rodgers and Hammerstein"); and the staging ("cramped... excellent depth, but limited width marred the ballroom scene.") He judged the songs "reminiscent and derivative of some of their earlier successes," but praised four of them and said "In television, where original music is virtually nonexistent, these add up to quite a treat... some current [Broadway] musicals cannot boast as much melodically."


2004 broadcast

For many years, the 1957 version was thought to be lost; however, a black-and-white kinescope recording of the color telecast was re-broadcast on PBS in December 2004 as part of its Great Performances series. It was subsequently released on DVD, with a documentary including most of its original players, as well as a tape or kinescope of R & H's appearance on the Sullivan show the preceding Sunday, featuring Oscar Hammerstein II reciting one of the songs to orchestral accompaniment. The term kinescope originally referred to the cathode ray tube used in television monitors. ... The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is a non-profit public broadcasting television service with 354 member TV stations in the United States, with some member stations available by cable in Canada. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2004. ... Great Performances was a television series devoted to the performing arts which ran on the US television station PBS from 1972. ... For work done with Richard Rodgers, see Rodgers and Hammerstein Oscar Hammerstein II (July 12, 1895 – August 23, 1960) was a New-York born writer, producer, and (usually uncredited) director of musicals for almost forty years. ...


1965 television version

The 1965 re-make of the musical is directed by Charles S. Dubin; Richard Rodgers was executive producer (Oscar Hammerstein II died in 1960). It did not use Hammerstein's original script, but instead, a new one commissioned by Rodgers and written by Joseph Schrank. Also produced for CBS, it was regularly rebroadcast well into the 1970's. It included the song Loneliness of Evening, which was written for South Pacific, but never actually sung in that musical (some of the lyrics were recited as a love letter poem in the 1958 film version while a portion of the melody is used as underscoring). CBS is one of the largest radio and television networks in the United States. ... South Pacific is a musical play, with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. When it first opened on Broadway on April 7, 1949, it was produced by Leland Hayward and directed by Joshua Logan. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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1997 television version

The 1997 re-make of the musical is directed by Robert Iscove and produced by Whitney Houston and Debra Martin Chase for Walt Disney Productions. It was one of the first broadcasts in the latest revival of The Wonderful World of Disney, on Disney-owned ABC. The hit song Falling in Love With Love, from the Rodgers and Hart musical The Boys from Syracuse, was interpolated into this version, sung by the Stepmother. It is also notable for boasting a large, racially diverse cast. Robert Iscove (born July 4, 1947, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian film and television director, television producer and a choreographer. ... Debra Martin Chase (1956 - ) is a Hollywood producer. ... The first incarnation of the Disney anthology television series, commonly called The Wonderful World of Disney, premiered on ABC on October 27, 1954 under the name Disneyland. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... Falling in Love with Love is a popular song. ... Rodgers and Hart was the songwriting team consisting of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. ... The Boys from Syracuse is a musical by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, based on William Shakespeares play, The Comedy of Errors, as adapted by librettist George Abbott, who also directed. ...


Cast

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Awards

  • 1998: Art Directors Guild -Excellence in Production Design Award
  • 1998: Emmy Award - Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety or Music Program

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External links

  • Cinderella (1957) at the Internet Movie Database
  • Cinderella (1965) at the Internet Movie Database
  • Cinderella (1997) at the Internet Movie Database
  • Summary and Background information on the production from The Rodgers & Hammerstein Theatre Library
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, from the PBS Great Performances website
  • The First "Cinderella" Returns from Playbill
  • The Celluloid Cinderella
  • Flyrope.com page (stage versions)

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DVD Savant Review: Cinderella (TV, 1957) (1050 words)
Cinderella was produced in seven months expressly for the new star Julie Andrews, then playing in My Fair Lady; it was shown only once in color and recorded only with a B&W kinescope camera.
Cinderella (Julie Andrews) cheerfully puts up with the abuse of her stepmother (Ilka Chase) and her catty, obnoxious stepsisters Portia (Kaye Ballard) and Joy (Alice Ghostley) but wishes aloud that she could attend the ball too.
Andrews' Cinderella accepts her home situation with good cheer instead of despair, an attitude that seems more likely to attract the blessings of a Fairy Godmother.
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