Rewatch the Legendary 1957 Production of Cinderella Starring a 21-Year-Old Julie Andrews
Dust off your glass slippers and call your fairy godmothers: one of the most iconic productions of Cinderella is coming bibbidi-bobbidi-back to television.
The Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization and Playbill are hosting a watch party featuring the original 1957 live television broadcast of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, starring the one and only Julie Andrews, and you're invited.
Mark your calendars. The black-and-white kinescope film of the broadcast will be made available to stream for free on Playbill.com and Rodgers and Hammerstein's YouTube channel on July 24 at 8pm EST. The production will remain available to stream for free for 48 hours.
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella was the only musical written by the legendary duo for television. It starred a 21-year-old Julie Andrews on a brief hiatus from her starring role in My Fair Lady on Broadway. Andrews is joined by a cast full of Broadway legends, including Howard Lindsay as the King, Dorothy Stickney as the Queen, Edie Adams as the Fairy Godmother, and Kaye Ballard and Alice Ghostley as the evil stepsisters.
Raking in an astonishing 107 million viewers, it was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium at the time.
In the years since, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella has been re-made for television twice: In 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren, and again in 1997 starring Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her fairy godmother.
You can get ready for the viewing party by listening to the 1957 Cinderella (Original Television Cast Recording) on Spotify here.
While the film is free for everyone to enjoy, those participating in the live viewing party are encouraged to support industry professionals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by making a tax-deductible donation to The Actors Fund, by visiting ActorsFund.org/Cinderella.