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Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Starring Julie Andrews, Streams July 24

Stage Directions • Theatre Buzz • July 22, 2020

R&H Movie Night continues on Friday, July 24 with a live viewing party of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, the classic 1957 film starring Academy, Emmy, and Grammy Award-winner Julie Andrews. The live viewing party will be co-hosted by The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization and Playbill.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella will be available to stream for free worldwide on the official Rodgers & Hammerstein YouTube channel and beginning on Friday, July 24 at 8:00 p.m. EDT/5:00 p.m. PDT. The film will continue to be available to stream for free for 48 hours following the live viewing party.

This recording of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella is a filmed, black and white kinescope recorded directly off of a television screen when the program originally aired in 1957. The film will continue to be available to stream for free for 48 hours following the live viewing party.

Stream Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Viewers can follow along with the Rodgers & Hammerstein Twitter and Instagram, and Playbill Twitter and Instagram, for trivia and fun facts throughout the viewing party. Gather the whole family and use #RNHMovieNight on social media to be a part of the fun!

While the film is free for everyone to enjoy, those participating in the live viewing party are encouraged to support industry professionals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by making a tax-deductible donation to The Actors Fund, by visiting

Prior to the viewing party, listen to the 1957 Cinderella (Original Television Cast Recording) on Spotify HERE, learn more about the history of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella HERE, and explore the musicology of the song “Ten Minutes Ago” HERE.

About Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Originally presented on television in 1957, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella was the only musical written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II for television. Starring a 21-year-old Julie Andrews, on a brief hiatus from her starring role in My Fair Lady on Broadway, Cinderella was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium at the time with an astonishing 107 million viewers watching on its original airing.

Its recreation in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren was no less successful in transporting a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true, and so was a second remake in 1997, which starred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother. In 2013, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella premiered on Broadway with Laura Osnes in the title role.

The marriage of music, lyrics, and story in Cinderella exemplified Rodgers & Hammerstein’s artistic philosophy; all elements held together integrally to illuminate the characters. As Rodgers explained, “although a few of its songs have become popular, our score for Cinderella is another example of what theatre music is really about. No matter what the medium, a score is more than a collection of individual songs. It is, or should be, a cohesive entity whose word and music are believable expressions of the characters singing them… like a symphony, concerto or opera, some portions have greater appeal than others, but it is the work as a whole that makes the overall impression.” Stock and amateur rights for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella are represented by Concord Theatricals.

About Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
After long and highly distinguished careers with other collaborators, Richard Rodgers (Composer, 1902-79) and Oscar Hammerstein II (Librettist/Lyricist, 1895-1960) joined forces in 1943 to create the most successful partnership in American Musical Theatre. Prior to joining forces, Rodgers collaborated with lyricist Lorenz Hart on musical comedies that epitomized wit and sophistication (Pal Joey, On Your Toes, Babes In Arms, and more), while Hammerstein brought new life to operetta and created the classic Show Boat with Jerome Kern. Oklahoma!, the first Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, introduced an integrated form that became known as “the musical play.” Their shows that followed included Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music. Collectively, the Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals have earned Tony, Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Pulitzer, and Olivier Awards. The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization is a Concord Company,




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