By Andrew Gans
06 Oct 2004
A spokesperson for PBS' "Great Performances" series confirmed to Playbill On-Line that the made-for-TV musical will be broadcast nationally Dec. 13. Those in the metropolitan area will see the acclaimed production a few days earlier: WNET/Thirteen will air the black-and-white "Cinderella" as part of its pledge drive on Dec. 5 from 8-9:30 PM ET. Check local listings for broadcast dates and times throughout the country.
Academy Award winner Andrews, who stars in the title role, will host the broadcast of the'50s musical. The program will also include interviews with three of the show's stars, who reminisce about the filming of "Cinderella": Jon Cypher, Kaye Ballard and Edie Adams.
Directed by Ralph Nelson, the musical version of "Cinderella" — featuring a score by Rodgers and Hammerstein — originally aired on CBS March 31, 1957. The broadcast drew more than 107 million viewers. The cast featured Julie Andrews as Cinderella, Howard Lindsay as the King, Dorothy Stickney as the Queen, Ilka Chase as the Stepmother, Kaye Ballard and Alice Ghostley as the Stepsisters, Edie Adams as the Fairy Godmother, Jon Cypher as Prince Christopher, Robert Penn as Town Crier, Alexander Clark as the Captain of the Guard, Iggie Wolfington as the Chef and David F. Perkins as the Court Tailor.
Lesley Ann Warren (1965) and pop singer Brandy (1997) starred as Cinderella in the subsequent TV versions.
Image Entertainment will also release "Cinderella" on VHS and DVD in December.