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Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
 
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Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

7 May 2013 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 7 May 2013
  • Release Date: 7 May 2013
  • Label: Ghostlight Records
  • Copyright: 2013 Imagem C.V., under exclusive license to Ghostlight Records
  • Total Length: 1:03:23
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  • ASIN: B00CVBGQLS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,109 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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The original 1957 score for the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical version of Cinderella only included 8 songs (not counting reprises). I'm doubly sure that Rodgers and Hammerstein would have expanded their score into a full-fledged Broadway musical were it not for Hammerstein's death in 1960. As such, all subsequent presentations of this musical (including the two TV remakes) have interpolated extra songs.

All the subsequent version of this Cinderella musical might not be sui generis R&H because others have had a hand in expanding the score for a full-length evening. This is different from, for instance, the extensions that Lloyd Webber and Rice made to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat when they expanded their original pop cantata version into a full-fledged musical. Many productions have ghostwritten sections of lyrics and music. The Godmother's song, There's music in you, has a paraphrase from One foot, other foot from Allegro. This ghost-written section was added to the song when it was inserted into the 1997 production.

Although there have been various attempts at a stage version of the R&H Cinderella, this version is the first mounting of the musical on Broadway. Douglas Carter Beane wrote a new book and the producers padded out the score with discarded songs from the various R&H musicals. It is remarkable that the extra songs maintain the existing tone of the original 1957 score and blend well into it.

The storyline of this version has its plus points and minus points. I know I've felt doubtful about the various subplots in this version. I know that there is a Tuscan proverb quoted by Italo Calvino that says "The tale is not beautiful is nothing is added to it." As such I am aware that the producers are responding to this proverb.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 July 2013
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Rodgers & Hammerstein's sole joint television venture has triumphantly transferred to the Broadway stage - original 1957 score augmented by songs dropped from their other shows.

This 65 minute CD is a delight. 26 tracks, the additions skilfully interwoven. The cast does them full justice. Cinderella is sung by Laura Osnes (who also features on the new R&H "Pipe Dream" recording). Santino Fontana proves a dashing prince. Victoria Clark is fun as the Fairy Godmother.

All the old favourites are there: "In My Own Little Corner", "The Prince is Having a Ball", "Impossible", "Ten Minutes Ago", The Cinderella Waltz, The Stepsisters' Lament, "A Lovely Night", "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?". Some are extended versions of those previously heard. The zesty orchestrations throughout are a joy. Amongst the new numbers "The Pursuit", "Loneliness of Evening" and "There's Music in You" particularly shine.

(A little dialogue is included. It provides the only jarring note - Cinderella asking the prince, "Is marriage still on the table?")

Clearly not only the Prince is having a ball. Everybody seems to be enjoying themselves - as will most listeners. Rodgers & Hammerstein have been royally served. Sumptuously illustrated notes accompany.

This, the fifth recording of "Cinderella" in my collection, is the one that has given greatest overall pleasure.

(Any hopes of a DVD version?)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss L Connell on 31 May 2013
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Bought this cast recording because I adore Laura Osnes and the story of Cinderella is a favourite of mine. It is a brilliant soundtrack, such a shame I'm unable to watch it but I live in hope that there's a West End version.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roger Rebec VINE VOICE on 27 July 2013
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I was really looking forward to hearing this recording and, unlike almost everybody else who has reviewed it, I was very disappointed.

"Cinderella" is a story that is all about magic and, for me, that is a quality seriously lacking on this recording. The music as presented here sounds rather pedestrian. It was of course written in the 1950's but what was a simple short piece written to last about 90 minutes has been inflated to provide a full evening's entertainment. The original production, written for Julie Andrews, was simple and left you wanting more. It's not really top drawer R & H but Oscar's take on the story was original and the Rodgers' music was apt. They wrote a nice solo, "In My Own LIttle Corner", a romantic duet "Ten Minutes Ago" and a comedy duet "Sisters' Lament", two excellent musical scenes "The Price Is Giving a Ball" and "A Lovely Night", whose main theme is a song that should have been performed more frequently over the last 50 years and a sublime love song "Do I Love You Because Your Beautiful?" Rodgers also wrote an enchanting waltz for the ball and other very effective incidental music.

To pad out the piece for a full theatre production, other R & H songs have been patched in. "The Loneliness of Evening", cut from "South Pacific", was first pasted into "Cinderella" with Rodgers' good will for the 1965 TV production. Stuart Damon sang it well but it wasn't right for "South Pacific" and it isn't right for "Cinderella" either. Neither are any of the other tunes which have been dragooned in either from "Allegro", "Pipe Dream" or the R & H trunk. Each of these pieces suddenly spoils the flow of the "Cinderella" music by betraying its origins.
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