RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA (TV)

Summary

This gently debunking musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale is the first musical written especially for television by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II; it stars Julie Andrews as Cinderella and Jon Cypher as the prince. The production opens as it is announced far and wide that "The Prince Is Giving a Ball." Cinderella carries numerous parcels home for her stepmother and stepsisters, who have been shopping for the big event. When the stepmother and stepsisters Portia and Joy go upstairs to nap, the weary, overworked Cinderella indulges her imagination in the song "In My Own Little Corner." In the next scene, the king and queen confer on the arrangements for the upcoming affair, at which the queen hopes their son will find a bride. On the evening of the ball, the stepmother, Portia, and Joy depart for the festivities, leaving Cinderella to reprise "In My Own Little Corner" rather sadly. Her fairy godmother appears, and the two discuss the power of dreams in "Impossible/It's Possible" as the godmother arranges for Cinderella to go to the ball. She warns her charge, however, that Cinderella must leave the dance by midnight. At the ball, the prince is dancing with Portia in desultory fashion when he spies Cinderella coming down the stairs. The pair fall in love and begin dancing as the crowd wonders who the mystery girl may be, and Portia and Joy croon "The Stepsisters' Lament." Soon the prince and Cinderella ponder their brief history in "Ten Minutes Ago," and the prince asks, "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?" As the clock chimes twelve, Cinderella races away from the palace, leaving only her glass slipper. The next morning, she tells her stepsisters and stepmother that she can imagine what it was like to attend the ball; she and they sing "When You're Riding Through the Moonlight" and "A Lovely Night." At the palace, the prince instigates a search for the young woman whose foot will fit into the slipper, and the queen tells her son that she worries that he is in love with a dream; the two reprise "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?" The fairy godmother must take a hand once more to enable the prince to find Cinderella. Includes commercials.

(This is a black-and-white copy of a color telecast.) Cataloging of this program has been made possible by Verizon Communications.

Details

  • NETWORK: CBS
  • DATE: March 31, 1957 Sunday 8:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:27:18
  • COLOR/B&W: B&W copy of a color telecast
  • CATALOG ID: T77:0331
  • GENRE: Musical
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Fairy tales
  • SERIES RUN: CBS - TV, 1957
  • COMMERCIALS: TV - Commercials - Shulton products^TV - Commercials - Old Spice toiletries (Shulton)^TV - Commercials - Desert Flower hand and body lotion and Desert Flower spray cologne(Shulton)^TV - Commercials - Pepsi-Cola^TV - Commercials - "Cinderella" Columbia Records album^TV - Promos - "The Ed Sullivan Show" (with Fred Astaire and scene from "A Hole in the Head")^TV - Promos - "The General Electric Theatre"^TV - Promos - "Playhouse 90: Clipper Ship"

CREDITS

    • Richard Lewine … Producer
    • Ralph Nelson … Director
    • Richard Rodgers … Composer, Music by
    • Hammerstein, Oscar, II … Book by, Lyrics by
    • Alfredo Antonini … Conductor
    • Jonathan Lucas … Choreographer
    • Julie Andrews … Cast, Cinderella
    • Howard Lindsay … Cast, the King
    • Dorothy Stickney … Cast, the Queen
    • Ilka Chase … Cast, the Stepmother
    • Kaye Ballard … Cast, Stepsister Portia
    • Alice Ghostley … Cast, Stepsister Joy
    • Jon Cypher … Cast, Prince Charming
    • Edith Adams (See also: Edie Adams) … Cast, the Fairy Godmother
    • Robert Penn … Cast, the Town Crier
    • Alec Clarke … Cast, the Captain of the Guard
    • Iggie Wolfington … Cast, the Chef
    • George Hall … Cast, the Steward
    • David E. Perkins … Cast, the Court Tailor
    • Eleanor Phelps … Cast, a Townsperson
    • Martha Greenhouse … Cast, a Townsperson
    • Jerome Collamore … Cast, a Townsperson
    • Julius J. Bloom … Cast, a Townsperson
    • Jacquelyn Paige … Cast, a Townsperson
    • John Call … Cast, a Townsperson
    • Kathy Kelly … Cast, a Child
    • Karen Lock … Cast, a Child
    • Leland Mayforth … Cast, a Child
    • Johnny Towsen … Cast, a Child
    • Karen Waters … Cast, a Child
    • Charles Aschmann … Singer
    • Herb Banke … Singer
    • Grace Dorian … Singer
    • Pat Finch … Singer
    • Marvin Goodis … Singer
    • Margot Moser … Singer
    • Earl Rogers … Singer
    • Donald Barton … Dancer
    • Hank Brunjes … Dancer
    • Robert Burland … Dancer
    • Jean Cotes … Dancer
    • Sally Crane … Dancer
    • Richard Crowley … Dancer
    • Bill Damian … Dancer
    • Debbie Douglas … Dancer
    • Jose Falcion … Dancer
    • Gloria Hamilton … Dancer
    • Dorothy Hill … Dancer
    • Stuart Hodes … Dancer
    • Diana Hunter … Dancer
    • Joseph Layton … Dancer
    • Giselle Orkin … Dancer
    • Hazel Patterson … Dancer
    • Alec Polermo … Dancer
    • John Smolko … Dancer
    • Tao Strong … Dancer
    • Jayne Turner … Dancer