Cinderella

Cinderella

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Director: Ralph Nelson

Cast: Julie Andrews, Jon Cypher

     
 

On March 31,1957, composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein produced a live, made-for-television version of Cinderella, the classic rags-to-riches story of a young woman oppressed by her wicked step-family. Aired on CBS in what was widely believed to be the network's answer to NBC's Peter Pan, Cinderella starred Julie Andrews in theSee more details below

Overview

On March 31,1957, composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein produced a live, made-for-television version of Cinderella, the classic rags-to-riches story of a young woman oppressed by her wicked step-family. Aired on CBS in what was widely believed to be the network's answer to NBC's Peter Pan, Cinderella starred Julie Andrews in the title role of Cinderella, John Cypher as the Prince, and Edith Adams as the Fairy Godmother. Though the musical was specifically written to showcase Andrews' famous vocal talents, all performances were well-received. Over 107 million television viewers tuned into this live adaptation of Cinderella, giving it the largest audience of the time. Another television version of the classic fairy tale was made in 1997 and featured actress Whoopi Goldberg, as well as musicians Whitney Houston and Brandy.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Impossible? It's possible! One of home video's holy grails at last makes its royal DVD debut. Commissioned by CBS, this original musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II had not been seen by the general public between its original broadcast on March 31, 1957, and its December 2004 revival on PBS. It was remade twice in the interval, first with Lesley Ann Warren and then with Brandy, but the role of Cinderella fits Julie Andrews like a glass slipper. The cast includes Broadway veteran Howard Lindsay as the King, John Cypher (Hill Street Blues) as the Prince, "Edith" Adams as Cinderella's Fairy Godmother, and scene-stealers Kaye Ballard and Alice Ghostley as the jealous stepsisters (their comic "Lament" is a showstopping highlight). This was the most-watched television program of its day, and while it can't help but look somewhat primitive, time has not dulled its enchanting spell, thanks to Rodgers and Hammerstein's lovely ballads ("Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful") and Andrews, Broadway's fairest lady, who contributes a new introduction for this disc. Other bonus features take viewers backstage and behind the scenes of this legendary broadcast. There’s also a classic clip of R&H appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show the week before Cinderella's premiere. Viewers are certainly in for a "Lovely Night."

Product Details

Release Date:
12/14/2004
UPC:
0014381212723
Original Release:
1957
Rating:
NR
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:17:00
Sales rank:
13,903

Special Features

Exclusive newly filmed DVD introduction by Julie Andrews; Brand new documentary featuring all new interviews with stars Julie Andrews, Edie Adams, Kaye Ballard and Jon Cypher; Never before seen behind the scenes photo galleries; Extensive galleries of rare color photos and advertising art; Rodgers and Hammerstein's appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show prior to the airing of Cinderella

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title; The Prince Is Having a Ball [8:10]
2. In My Own Little Corner [5:32]
3. Royal Dressing Room Scene [7:37]
4. In My Own Little Corner (Reprise) [6:48]
5. Impossible; It's Possible [7:58]
6. Gavotte [3:55]
7. Ten Minutes Ago [2:21]
8. Stepsisters' Lament [1:23]
9. Waltz for a Ball [7:03]
10. Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful [5:25]
11. When You're Driving Through the Moonlight; A Lovely Night [7:51]
12. The Search [:03]
13. The Wedding [8:49]
14. End Credits [2:50]

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