During this customary, stately dance at the ball, all eyes are on the Prince – until Cinderella appears at the top of the stairs, radiant in her shimmering ballgown. Cinderella gracefully descends the staircase as the stunned guests whisper and the Prince, enchanted, makes his way to greet her.
Before the delightfully mysterious Godmother arrives, Cinderella knows that attending the ball is… impossible. But the Godmother isn’t so sure about that, explaining that “impossible things are happ’ning every day.” She magically transforms a pumpkin into a golden carriage, four white mice into horses, and Cinderella’s plain work clothes into a gown, sending the delighted Cinderella off to the ball … Read More
After her stepsisters and stepmother eagerly depart for the ball, Cinderella wishes she, too, could attend such a special evening at the palace.
After overhearing her son and her husband take special consideration for her, the Queen lovingly embraces the King. Together, they sing a song sweetly remarking on their long-lasting love for one another. Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote “Boys and Girls Like You and Me” for their first musical, Oklahoma!, but the song was cut during the show’s Boston tryout.
Left alone to her chores, Cinderella finds comfort and contentment through the power of her imagination.
The bustling village square of the kingdom is interrupted by a rousing announcement from a palace herald: In honor of the Prince’s birthday, the King and Queen are hosting a ball for the whole kingdom, where the Prince hopes to meet his future bride. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s playful ensemble number was easily adapted to the medium of television; the original … Read More
Recorded at MSR Studios in New York City on May 17 and 18, 2013, the Original Broadway Cast album of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella was released just a few short months after a magical opening night. The recording features the production’s enchanting cast, led by Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana, featuring Victoria Clark, Ann Harada, Peter Bartlett and Harriet Harris. … Read More
Under special producorial supervision of Richard Rodgers, this new television broadcast of Cinderella featured Lesley Ann Warren, Ginger Rogers, Celeste Holm and Stuart Damon. The recording featured “Loneliness of Evening,” originally written for South Pacific but cut during rehearsals. An LP recording of this album was released January 25, 1965, almost a month before Rodgers & Hammerstein’s magic swept primetime … Read More
When the live broadcast aired on Sunday, March 31, 1957, viewers were informed that the soundtrack album, which had already been recorded, would be in “your local record store” on Monday morning. Columbia Records had taken the cast and orchestra into their famous 30th Street studio under the guiding hand of Goddard Lieberson and created a definitive recording – and … Read More
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella made its Broadway debut with this new adaptation for the stage, featuring a new book by Douglas Carter Beane. Opening at the Broadway Theatre on March 3, 2013, the dazzling production starred Laura Osnes as Cinderella and Santino Fontana as her Prince, under the direction of Mark Brokaw. The sumptuous costumes by William Ivey Long – … Read More