Kick-Back Friday: #86
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” (1957): A black-and-white tape of the original live-and-in-color TV performance, with a 21-year-old Julie Andrews in the title role.
Andrews didn’t have the acting chops, or perhaps the inclination, to show her character’s real sadness, but the musical production is remarkable for coming off live, with nary a hitch. Especially notable are Alice Ghostley and Kaye Ballard as the stepsisters (singing, “Why would a fella want a girl like her…?”) and Edith (Edie) Adams as the godmother.
The DVD’s 20-minute special feature, in which Andrews and other cast members remember the show, is a must.