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HAVING A BALL,
This review is from: Cinderella (Audio CD)
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?)