Interesting Facts You Should Know About Cinderella Before Watching It
(from the Cinderella Souvenir Program)
1. Cinderella was the only musical written by Rodgers & Hammerstein for Television. Its live premier on CBS was viewed by 107,000,000 people – the largest television audience to date.
2. Julie Andrews was the first Cinderella. She wrote Lea Salonga a goodluck letter and I quote:
” My Dear Lea, I know that you’ll soon be starting the tour of ‘Cinderella’ – and I just want to send you my thoughts and all good wishes for a wonderful success. The music is so pretty — and I would love to see you in the play. Enjoy! Much Love to you– and I hope we meet up again soon. Julie“
3. Cinderella made an easy transition to the stage and began appearing in theaters around the US. In 1996, according to the R&H Theatre Library, more than 250 productions of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella were presented in the US alone.
4. CBS re-staged the television version of Cinderella with a taped broadcast. It featured a cast as remarkable as the original with Ginger Rogers and Walter Pidgeon as the King and Queen and a young Broadway star-to-be, Lesley Ann Warren, playing Cinderella.
5. Cinderella made television history again when 60 million viewers tuned to ABC-TV’s “The Wonderful World of Disney,” for the dazzling 21st century remake. Its all-star cast included Whitney Houston as The Fairy Godmother, singing and TV sensation Brandy in the title role, Bernadette Peters as the Wicked Stepmother, Whoopi Goldberg as The Queen, Victor Garber as The King, newcomer Paolo Montalban as The Prince, Jason Alexander as his Steward and with Veanne Cox and Natalie Desselle as the Wicked Stepsisters.
Text and Photos by Anton Diaz. Copyright 2008.
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