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Old 11-22-2012, 08:50 AM   #1
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A brunette Cinderella on Broadway!

I couldn't believe my eyes. The debut of Cinderella on Broadway during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. She's a brunette! What?
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:15 AM   #2
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I couldn't believe my eyes. The debut of Cinderella on Broadway during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. She's a brunette! What?
It is based on the Rodgers & Hammerstein Cinderella circa 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren (a brunette) as Cinderella.

I grew up being exposed to a lot of Broadway musicals and this is a great version of the Cinderella story. This past summer, my girls saw that version too and LOVED it and loved seeing it in the parade today.
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:21 AM   #3
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It is based on the Rodgers & Hammerstein Cinderella circa 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren (a brunette) as Cinderella.
You are correct about the Leslie Ann Warren version,
but the Rodgers & Hammerstein "Cinderella" was actually first written
especially for Julie Andrews in a TV presentation in 1957.

At that time, it became the single most-watched TV show in history!

(It's interesting to note that both Julie Andrews and Lesley Ann Warren also have a major connection to Disney musical films.)


Julie Andrews was presented at a darker-haired Cinderella, as well.

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Old 11-22-2012, 09:33 AM   #4
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It is based on the Rodgers & Hammerstein Cinderella circa 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren (a brunette) as Cinderella.

I grew up being exposed to a lot of Broadway musicals and this is a great version of the Cinderella story. This past summer, my girls saw that version too and LOVED it and loved seeing it in the parade today.
I LOVE that movie. It was on at Thanksgiving time every year when I was a kid.
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My Cinderella is Walt's Cinderella! To each their own.
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:18 AM   #6
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That explains it! We were watching and thought what the sam heck is with the brunette?
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Don't kill me for this, but I originally thought the Fairy Godmother was one of the ugly stepsisters... especially with that hideous dress.

But I do admit it's nice seeing something different.
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We saw a traveling company of the Rogers and Hammerstein Cinderella last year with a brunette Cinderella. It did take some getting used to. But I grew up with the Leslie Ann Warren version so got over it quickly. I used to think the blonde Disney version was an imposter!
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Don't kill me for this, but I originally thought the Fairy Godmother was one of the ugly stepsisters... especially with that hideous dress.

But I do admit it's nice seeing something different.
We thought it was an ugly step-sister, too! Oops!
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And just to make things more confusing, Disney produced a TV version of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella starring Brandy.
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:32 AM   #11
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And just to make things more confusing, Disney produced a TV version of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella starring Brandy.
And Whitney Houston as the fairy godmother! DD11 has always loved that version and was thrilled to hear that song this morning!
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Don't kill me for this, but I originally thought the Fairy Godmother was one of the ugly stepsisters... especially with that hideous dress.

But I do admit it's nice seeing something different.
Ditto! Oh well!
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Don't kill me for this, but I originally thought the Fairy Godmother was one of the ugly stepsisters... especially with that hideous dress.

But I do admit it's nice seeing something different.
Oh my! I was watching from the kitchen and I also thought that was a stepsister!
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I actually liked the Fairy Godmother's dress! Yes, it was definitely different, but that's what makes it interesting!

And we do still love the Brandy version of Cinderella...
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You are correct about the Leslie Ann Warren version,
but the Rodgers & Hammerstein "Cinderella" was actually first written
especially for Julie Andrews in a TV presentation in 1957.

At that time, it became the single most-watched TV show in history!

(It's interesting to note that both Julie Andrews and Lesley Ann Warren also have a major connection to Disney musical films.)


Julie Andrews was presented at a darker-haired Cinderella, as well.

It also has the distinction of being the first musical comedy written specifically for television, rather than being an adaptation of a play or movie.

ETA: Julie's Prince was played by Jon Cypher, later of Hill Street Blues fame.
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