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"Impossible things are happening every day!"
Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical adaptation of the fairytale. It was originally filmed for TV in 1957 starring Julie Andrews in the titular role. There was a 1965 remake, starring Lesley Ann Warren, which is generally considered the most popular with those who seen it. A TV remake was also rendered in 1997, starring Brandy, along with Whitney Houston as both the co-producer and the fairy godmother.
A Broadway musical version ran from 2013 to 2015, featuring political satire, Cut Songs from other Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, and Cinderella rescuing Prince Christopher. (None of the articles written so far say what he needs rescuing from.)
- Aerith and Bob: See Overly Long Name.
- Adipose Rex: "I want the wine of my country! The wine of my country is beer!"
- All Women Are Lustful: Stepsister Joy. She's even seen flirting with someone during Cinderella's wedding.
- Beta Couple: The king and queen.
- Character Title
- Covers Always Lie: Some publicity stills show Cinderella wearing a dress with a much bigger skirt than in the actual musical. Julie Andrews apparently found it hard to move around in this dress.
- Crowd Song: "The Prince is Giving a Ball"
- Disappeared Dad: It's made pretty clear that Cinderella's father is dead. But we never learn where her mother went.
- Probably dead too.
- Domestic Abuse: The stepmother towards Cinderella.
- Double Entendre: Cinderella imagining acting "coy and flirtatious" towards Prince Christopher, and reminding him not to "say such things."
- Earn Your Happy Ending: The day after the ball, Cinderella decides to go visit Prince Christopher herself instead of wait for him to return.
- First-Name Basis: Prince Christopher asks Cinderella to call him "Chris" as opposed to "your majesty" or his Overly Long Name.
- Follow the Leader: CBS hired Rodgers and Hammerstein to help them compete against NBC's televised presentations of the Peter Pan musical by writing a work in which Julie Andrews would go from Rags to Riches in a manner similar to her most popular role at the time.
- The Girl Who Fits This Slipper
- "I Am" Song / "I Want" Song: "In My Own Little Corner" and its reprise, respectively.
- The Ingenue: Guess who?
- Letting Her Hair Down: Averted. Cinderella starts out with a loose ponytail and goes to the ball with a Prim and Proper Bun.
- Love At First Sight: Played absolutely straight. Jon Cypher looks like the floor's just dropped out from underneath him. In true musical fashion, the two leads proceed to sing about it in "Ten Minutes Ago."
Ten minutes ago I saw you, I looked up when you came through the door - my head started reeling, you gave me the feeling the room had no ceiling or floor! Ten minutes ago I met you, and we murmured our 'how do you do's' - I wanted to ring out the bells and fling out my arms and to sing out the news!
- Magical Nanny: Sort of. In this version the fairy godmother really is Cinderella's godmother. She just hasn't told her she's a fairy yet.
- Missing Episode: People living on the East Coast saw the musical live in color, while those in the west saw a black-and-white kinescope. The DVD only contains the latter version.
- The Musical: Another musical retelling.
- No Name Given: The fairy godmother and the stepmother.
- Overly Long Gag: Count how many times Cinderella is told to close the window. In the same scene.
- Overly Long Name: Prince Christopher Rupert Windemere Vladimir Carl Alexander Francois Reginald Lancelot Herman (Herman?) Herman. Gregory James, son of Her Majesty Queen Constantina Charlotte Ermintrude Guinevere Maisie (Maisie?) Maisie! Marguerite Ann and His Majesty King Maximillian Godfrey Ladislaus Leopold Sydney (Sydney?) Sydney! Frederick John.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Both Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother.
- Prim and Proper Bun: Cinderella after the transformation.
- Production Posse: This isn't the last time Julie Andrews would star in a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Also, King Maximilian's actor, Howard Lindsay, would co-write the libretto for the original Broadway version of that musical.
- Really 700 Years Old: Rodgers had 30 year-old Edie Adams portray the centuries-old Fairy Godmother.
- She Cleans Up Nicely
- Triumphant Reprise: "Impossible" has a pessimistic and cynical first half, but also a part meant to create a glimmer of hope for Cinderella's dreams. After the Fairy Godmother grants Cinderella's wish to go to the ball, the two of them sing "It's Possible," which boasts more optimistic lyrics.
- When the Clock Strikes Twelve