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September 19, 2001

The classic fairy tale as retold by Roger and Hammerstein, Rossini, Prokofiev and Severin and Weiss

PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
Overture Cinderella (OS 1957) Orchestra conducted by Alfredo Antonini The first of three productions of this made-for-television Rogers and Hammerstein musical, the most recent one in 1997 with pop diva Whitney Houston as the fairy godmother.
Loneliness of Evening Cinderella (OS 1964) Stuart Damon Originally written for South Pacific but cut before the Broadway premiere.
Cinderella March Cinderella (OS 1964) Orchestra conducted by John Green Expanded from the original 1957 production.
In My Own Little Corner Cinderella (OS 1964) Lesley Ann Warren Cinderella lets us in on her active fantasy life.
Impossible; It’s Possible Cinderella (OS 1957) Edith (Edie) Adams, Julie Andrews Cinderella wishes very hard, and her fairy godmother proves that nothing is really impossible
When You’re Driving Through the Moonlight Cinderella (OS 1957) Julie Andrews, Ilka Chase, Kaye Ballard, Alice Ghostley Cinderella remembers going to the ball..
Lovely Night Cinderella (OS 1957) Julie Andrews, Ilka Chase, Kaye Ballard, Alice Ghostley ..and dancing with the Prince. Although, since she’s back home with her stepsisters, she had to pretend that she only imagined it.
Gioachino Rossini (1792 – 1868) composed La Cenerentola over a period of less than a month (December of 1816 and January of 1817) when the libretto Rossini was supposed to set to music –a somewhat racy French farce titled Ninetta at Court – was rejected by the Papal Censor only a few weeks before the scheduled premiere.
Overture La Cenerentola (Cinderella) (1993) Orchestra del Teatro Communale di Bologna conducted by Riccardo Chailly A classic example of the kind of overture that earned Rossini his nickname “Signor Accelerando”
Signor..Altezza, è in tavloa (My lord..your Highness, supper is served) La Cenerentola (Cinderella) (1993) Enzo Dara, Fernanda Costa, Gloria Banditelli, Cecilia Bartoli, William Matteuzzi, Alessandro Corbeli, Chorus, Orchestra del Teatro Communale di Bologna conducted by Riccardo Chailly The Act I finale, as the dinner guests at Prince Ramiro’s ball stare at Angiolina (Cinderella) in astonishment. Rossini hated supernatural elements in opera, by the way, so instead of a fairy godmother we have the philosopher Alidoro who provides Cinderella with her finery and coach.
A Tale of Cinderella premiered in December 1994. It's billed as “A new musical for the whole family” from the New York State Theatre Institute which is “committed to the development of new works for family audiences” . The show was made possible in part by a grant from Warner Music Group. The book is by W. A. Frankonis, music by Will Severin and George David Weiss, lyrics by George David Weiss; orchestrations are by Larry Moore. Like Rossini's opera, A Tale of Cinderella is set in Italy - specifically in Venice in “the time of fairy tales and magic”.
Have Faith A Tale of Cinderella (OC 1995) Lorraine Serabian Cinderella’s godmother encourages her to persevere despite her snotty stepsisters and mean stepmother .
Make Magic A Tale of Cinderella (OC 1995) Sean Frank Sullivan, John Romeo In which the prince asks his Godfather to find him a sweetheart.
Be Back by Midnight/To the Ball A Tale of Cinderella (OC 1995) Lorraine Serabian, Christianne Tisdale Shopping made simple & the curfew .
No One Ever Told Me A Tale of Cinderella (OC 1995) Christianne Tisdale, Sean Frank Sullivan, Company In which the Prince and Cinderella dance and fall in love.
Serge Prokofiev (1891 – 1953) began his Cinderella ballet in 1941 but the onset of World War II caused him to set it aside until 1945. It was first performed at the Bolshoi Ballet on November 21st, 1945 and was great success for both Prokofiev and the company itself.
Variation of the Spring Fairy Cinderella (1995) Russian National Orchestra conducted by Mikhail Pletnev In the ballet, Cinderella’s fairy godmother comes with a sizeable retinue of assistant fairies, each of whom gets her own solo. Here’s spring.
Waltz-coda Cinderella (1995) Russian National Orchestra conducted by Mikhail Pletnev After a romantic pas de deux with the Prince, Cinderella rejoins the dancers for a giddy waltz, forgetting that..
Midnight Cinderella (1995) Russian National Orchestra conducted by Mikhail Pletnev ..it’s almost midnight! As the entire orchestra becomes a giant ticking clock, Cinderella flees the ballroom, leaving behind her glass slipper.


Acronyms and other mysteries defined:

OC: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Cast recording of a Broadway show, along with the date.

OS: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Soundtrack recording of a film, TV show, etc.


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