In this enchanting musical delight from the legendary team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, beautiful young Cinderella (Julie Andrews) finds her life of drudgery at the hands of her stepmother and two wicked si... more »sters changed forever in one evening, thanks to a fairy godmother and a handsome prince. Lost for years, this first television production of this enduring classic remains a rollicking, tune-filled delight for young and old alike! One of the most beloved entertainers of all time, Academy Award«-winner Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music) appeared in theaters this year in the smash hits Shrek 2 and The Princess Diaries 2. The much-revered musical team of Rodgers & Hammerstein produced such family favorites as The King and I, The Sound of Music, Carousel, South Pacific, State Fair and more! One of home video's most highly requested titles, Cinderella has been officially unavailable since its initial airing on March 31, 1957! This single performance spectacular was viewed by over 115 million people, a television milestone! Musical performances include beloved favorites "In My Own Little Corner," "Impossible" and "Do I Love You (Because You're Beautiful)!" In 1957, Broadway's reigning songwriters and Broadway's brightest new star joined forces to create a new musical version of Cinderella; it's one-night-only broadcast on CBS-TV was viewed by more than 115 million people - the largest audience in the history of the planet! - and an instant legend was born. Julie Andrews, the toast of Broadway for her performance in My Fair Lady, played the title role, joined by a stellar cast of Broadway and television all-stars. Providing a new take on the timeless tale as well as a bounty of beautiful ballads, comedy numbers and waltzes, was the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, already at the top of their game thanks to such musicals as Oklahoma, South Pacific and The King and I. Though Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella has gone through several TV remakes and hundreds of stage productions, the original, magical version vanished after its initial broadcast, never to be seen again. Until now.« less
I find this one of the weakest Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals but watching it was fascinating, especially after viewing the Bonus material and learning this was the one and only live recording. Seeing interviews with Rodgers & Hammerstein was fascinating and the interviews with some of the actors was interesting as well.
Apparently this musical was shown in color on live television, but the live recording was done in black and white.
Julie Andrews is the ONLY Cinderella
Jim Jr | Buffalo, NY United States | 12/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is amazing that some people seem to prefer Lesley Ann Warren's performance over Julie Andrews. There is absolutely no comparison. This Cinderella was written for Julie and she is magnificent in every way. No one has the voice or the charm that she injects into this character. Her version of "In My Own Little Corner" is enchanting, but also has a sadness that is absolutely right. Miss Warren is too worldly and gives the impression that she could easily be a "West Side Story" gang member rather than Cinderella. She simply does not have the ravishingly beautiful voice that Julie has. She is marvelous in many roles - just compare her performance in "Victor/Victoria" which shows the "real" Lesley Ann. (But even in that film Julie Andrews outshines her!)
This version of "Cinderella" is the best version with the comic numbers and fantastic supporting cast absent from others. Edie Adams is a scene stealer as the Godmother. The king and Queen have much more to do and have a delightful comic song that was cut from subsequent productions. No one can top Kaye Ballard and Alice Ghostly as the step sisters - comic gems!
What is also amazing about this production is that it was telecast LIVE and was not a film or tape as were other "Cinderella" productions. Today everything is recorded with none of the spontaneity that comes only from a live show.
Even though the only remaining record of this telecast is in black and white (and at the time of the original broadcast most viewers only had black and white sets), it is a must have record of the TRUE version of the work."
LOL Julie Andrews too old?? Not on your life!
C. A Baker | Santa Rosa CA United States | 12/14/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love that one reviewer says JA looks too old to be Cinderella in this version..I believe she is 18 in this production. What Julie has that Leslie Ann Warren and Brandy couldn't come close to is a simple sophistication and a charming sense of self that only enhances her role as Cinderella. She also has a far superior voice to either of the other versions Cinderellas.
I do not like the 1965 version but I do think the Brandy version is cute but not as good as the original cast. But for me the Julie Andrews version, the woman that this show was written for will always be the best Cinderella for this particular Cinderella musical. The supporting cast in this production is also steller and much better than the 1965 version. Don't let that fact that it is in black and white keep you from seeing this show. Some of the best movies of all time are in black and white.
Found at Last!
Joshua Koppel | Chicago, IL United States | 01/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"At last, the original version of Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella is available. Originally aired only once on live television in 1957, this classic has, until now, been lost to history. I grew up on the 1965 version (Lesley Ann Warren) but have always wanted to see the Julie Andrews version ever since I learned of it.
For those familiar with the 1965 version, there are some surprises here. There were apparently many changes between the two. The original opens up right with "The Prince is Giving a Ball". There is no scene were Cinderella meets the Prince prior to the ball. At home the Stepmother and Stepsisters (Portia and Joy) do a much better job of belittling Cinderella and making her do all of the work.
The Godmother (no mention of fairy) is far more mischievous in the original. Even her involvement in the story's conclusion is quite different not only from the 1965 version, but from most tellings of the fairy tale. We see a little more of the King and Queen and even have a musical number about preparing the Ball. There are even quite a few scenes that, at least when compared to later versions, could be considered somewhat risque.
For fans of the 1965 version, you should watch this one as well. It is sufficiently different to be just as entertaining. First timers to the Rogers and Hammerstein story will be entranced by this fun tale. Watch it by all means."
A Marvelous Surprise...
Jan Lugenbuhl | Mandeville, LA USA | 12/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I own a VHS copy of the 1965 version with Lesley Ann Warren, having seen it as a child and recall being mesmerized by the whole story, characters, sets, and "feel" of it. The majestic music was in no small part the reason for my finding it so memorable. After hearing about the 1957 version with Julie Andrews, I watched the PBS broadcast on December 4, and despite its being in black and white, I found it enchanting. There were some differences in the two versions: I thought Edie Adams made a wonderfully "kooky", earthy Godmother, whilst Celeste Holm's portrayal was more graceful and ethereal. The two stepsisters were more interesting and believable in the 1957 program, and the first king and queen were so charming and lovable compared to the one-dimensional monarchs-portrayed by Walter Pidgeon and Ginger Rogers-in Lesley Anne's. Julie Andrews was Cinderella-luminous, and so utterly magical. I now must own this original version as well, as each one offers its own unique twists on a classic and enduring fairy tale."
A Lovely Night, a Finer Night You Know You'll Never See.....
Julie Jordan Scott | Bakersfield, CA United States | 02/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Last night I was feeling sort of down in the dumps and remembered we had this movie out from Netflix. What could be better than the combination of Julie Andrews and Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella?
It was EXACTLY what I needed!
Julie Andrews - young, sweet, her acting-as-she-sings better than any of the others (and I am a fan of EACH version of this musical, just so you know!) Her rendition of "In My Own Little Corner" and the incredible love song, "Do I Love You Because Your Beautiful" were phenomenal.
I had to adjust to her funky hair style - at first it was minimally distracting - and my daughter's complaints that this was in Black and White - but the music and the acting and Julie Andrews!! My childhood hero as little more than a child herself!
I also adored the Step Sisters (played by then-young actresses Kaye Ballard and Alice Ghostley - who knew?!) and the Fairy Godmother was tremendous - loved her sparkly eyes and her spinning Godmother Baton - she was surprisingly youthful and pure, too, as compared to Celeste Holmes and Whitney Houston in the later versions.
The bonus material was exceptional, also - wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.
It truly made for "A Lovely Night" (Sorry, I couldn't resist.)