MUSEUM OF TELEVISION & RADIO SCREENING SERIES, THE: A TRIBUTE TO RICHARD RODGERS: THE SOUND OF HIS MUSIC: PACKAGE 1: RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA

Summary

Summing up Richard Rodgers's lasting popularity New York Times drama critic Brooks Atkinson wrote, "He is the greatest. And everyone knows it because his music is in the air every day of our lives." Having published his first song when he was only fifteen years old, Rodgers went on to create some of the most instantly recognizable and most beautiful melodies in the history of the American musical. Such standards as "Manhattan," "With a Song in My Heart," "Isn't It Romantic?," "My Funny Valentine," "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "You'll Never Walk Alone," "Shall We Dance?," and "The Sound of Music" do not even begin to suggest the number of enduring songs he created. Rodgers's immeasurable contribution to twentieth-century music is the subject of a worldwide centennial salute that celebrates the breadth and versatility of his work, which encompasses theater, television, radio, records, and film. Television made the composer a familiar face -- to go with the famous name -- with Rodgers appearing on tributes, talk shows, and variety series where his songs were performed for an eager public. In addition, there were television adaptations of his musicals ranging from collaborations with Lorenz Hart like "A Connecticut Yankee" and "Dearest Enemy" (which had been their first full score for Broadway) to Rodgers's personal favorite, "Carousel," which he wrote with Oscar Hammerstein II. Rodgers & Hammerstein's one original work for television, "Cinderella," with Julie Andrews in the lead, became one of the highest-rated specials in history. All of these programs are included as part of the Museum's contribution to the Richard Rodgers 2002 Centennial. Also being screened are a long unseen episode of "The Tonight Show" saluting Rodgers; a rare 1951 special, "An Evening for Richard Rodgers," featuring Mary Martin; a little-known, locally produced revue, "Rodgers and Hart Revisited;" and highlights of Rodgers songs from "The Ed Sullivan Show."

"Cinderella" (starring Julie Andrews) This enchanting version of the classic fairy tale is the only musical written expressly for television by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Julie Andrews stars as the hapless heroine whose Fairy Godmother (Edie Adams) uses magic to help Cinderella make a splash at the royal ball. Songs include "In My Own Little Corner," "A Lovely Night" and "Ten Minutes Ago." Although the musical was originally broadcast in color, only a black-and-white copy survives. Includes commercials and promos. (1957; 90 minutes)

Details

  • NETWORK:
  • DATE: 2002
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:29:26
  • COLOR/B&W: B&W copy of a color telecast
  • CATALOG ID: T:69383
  • GENRE: Comedy
  • 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
    • Paul E. Davis … Production (Misc.), Assistant to the Producer
    • William Eckart … Production (Misc.), Settings and costumes by
    • Jean Eckart … Production (Misc.), Settings and costumes by
    • Irwin Nicholson … Production (Misc.), Production Assistant
    • Ralph Nelson … Director
    • Rowland Vance … Direction (Misc.), Associate Director
    • Lou Tedesco … Direction (Misc.), Technical Director
    • Richard Rodgers … Composer, Music by
    • Hammerstein, Oscar, II … Book by, Lyrics by
    • Alfredo Antonini … Conductor
    • Jonathan Lucas … Choreographer
    • Robert Russell Bennett … Music (Misc. Credits), Orchestrations by
    • 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
    • Adams, Edith (See also: Adams, Edie) … 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