Playbill is bringing Julie Andrew’s iconic performance in Cinderella into our homes, and we’re thrilled.
The 1957 broadcast of Hammerstein’s Cinderella will be available to stream worldwide for free beginning at 8 PM ET, on July 24th. The black-and-white kinescope film of the broadcast will be made available to stream for free on Playbill.com and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s YouTube channel. The production will remain available to stream for free for 48 hours. The broadcast captures Julie Andrews when she was 21 years old and on a brief vacation from starring in My Fair Lady on Broadway. She’s joined by a cast full of Broadway legends, including Howard Lindsay as the King, Dorothy Stickney as the Queen, Edie Adams as the Fairy Godmother, and Kaye Ballard and Alice Ghostley as the evil stepsisters.
The musical was written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II solely for television at the height of their success and popularity, just two years after the Oklahoma! film (the first movie adaptation of the duo’s musicals) was released. Their hit-filled score for the classic fairy tale includes such songs as “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible,” “Ten Minutes Ago,” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful.” The live broadcast was watched by more than 100 million people, and the musical became a near-instant classic.