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'Cinderella' is amazing. Well, at least this one is. Brandy and Lesley Ann Warren don't come anywhere near close to Julie Andrews (although i like Lesley Ann Warren very much). This, the orignal was written FOR Julie Andrews, who was the biggest prodigy on Broadway. Rodgers and Hammerstein were utterly enchanted with Julie Andrews and they wanted so much to work with her that they wrote 'Cinderella' for her. And they were very afraid that she would turn it down because they finished writing during the run of 'My Fair Lady', and when they asked her, she was delighted and much to the relief of Rodgers & Hammerstein accepted. (She was also extremely honored that the biggest playwrites-songwrites in the business wrote something just for HER ***Julie had conquered New York in 'The Boy Friend' (playing the lead of Polly Browne) and was still in 'My Fair Lady' (playing Eliza Doolittle) when Cinderella aired.
The script was changed in 1964 when Lesley Ann Warren became Cinderella (Julie Andrews was a huge screen star and Academy Award winner (Best Actress, Mary Poppins) by then). I am totally convinced that the orignal 'Cinderella' is much better, and only because Dame Julie Andrews starred in it. Dame Andrews was only 21 at the time. And she did a fantastic job, especially since she had to get rid of her Eliza-Cockney accent. And it also must have been hard to practice, etc for 'Cinderella' while performing on Broadway every night.
***Anyway, this 'Cinderella' is wonderful, i urge you to try and find this, it easily surpasses remakes made by Lesley Ann Warren and Brandy. (Another plus was Edie Adams for godmother instead of Whitnet Houston, i like Houston a lot, but Adams was better for the part) I give it 10 stars!!!!
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