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Musical CinderellaRodgers and HammersteinsLibretto

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--------------------------------------------------------------------------------CinderellaMusic: Richard RodgersLyrics: Oscar Hammerstein IIBook: Oscar Hammerstein IIPremiere: Sunday, March 31, 1957--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Godmother (sings)

Impossible... for a plain yellow pumpkin to

become a golden carriage.

Impossible... for a plain country bumpkin

and a prince to join in marriage.

(spoken)

A slipper, made of glass, is just a shoe. And dreamers, never make a dream come true.

(sings)

Impossible!!!

-----OVERTURE-----

Fragments of "Impossible", "My Own Little Corner", "A Lovely Night" "Stepsister's Lament" & "The Prince is Giving a Ball". (A special focus is put on shoes & feet during the overture. Finally arriving on the short, shuffling steps of Cinderella's Stepmother)

Scene 1

The Public Square

Stepmother

Come along now, Girls!!

Minerva

Hurry up!!

Calliope Move it!!

(Following behind, panting, and carrying many packages is Cinderella. They arrive at a cart with hats on it. Minerva picks up one and puts it on her head. Calliope gasps) Minerva

What do you think mother??

Stepmother

(staggering, then laughing)

It's certainly not the sort of thing you see every day.

Calliope

I saw it first! How do you think it looks on me, Mother??

Minerva

(makes a gagging sound)

Uhh!! Awful!

Calliope

I didn't ask you!

Stepmother

How can a mother choose between two such extrodinary daughters?

(she goes into the store)

Calliope

Cinderella? Cinderella!!

Cinderella

Yes?

(she has been watching a puppet show at another cart about a prince & his bride)

Calliope

What do you think? Does it look better on me?

(Minerva snatches the hat and puts it on her head)

Minerva

Or me?

Cinderella

Well I don't know much about hats, but, I don't think it flatters either one of you.

(both gasp)

Minerva

What did you ask her for?

Calliope

She doesn't know anything about hats, she said so herself!

(Calliope snatches the hat this time off of Minerva's head)

Minerva

Give it to me!!

Calliope

It's mine!!

(struggling and each pulling against the hat)

Both

Mother!!!

(they go into the store)

(Cinderella kinda stands there, while still watching the puppet show)

Puppets

Nothing will equal the joy of holding you in my arms again! Be my bride, lady Gwendaline, and I will pledge my love, for all eternity....

Cinderella

(sings ) ---"The Sweetest Sounds"---

The Sweetest Sounds, I'll ever hear

are still inside my head

The Kindest Words I'll ever know

are waiting to be said

The most entrancing sight of all

is yet for me to see....

and the dearest love in all the world

is waiting somewhere for me

is waiting somewhere.... somewhere for me.

(Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters come out of the store. Minerva is wearing the hat, and Calliope is wearing a different one)

Stepmother

Cinderella!

(she hands her some more bags)

Minerva

Have you ever seen such a lazy girl in all your life?

Calliope

Who are you calling lazy??

Minerva

Not you, stupid, Cinderella!!

Calliope

Oh! (smiling again) Who are you calling stupid??

( Camera pans out across the market, and goes to the other side, identicle )

Prince

(sings )

The sweetest sounds I'll ever hear

are still inside my head

The Kindest Words I'll ever know

are waiting to be said

The most entrancing sight of all

is yet for me to see....

and the dearest love in all the world

is waiting somewhere for me

is waiting somewhere.... somewhere for me.

(Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters have arrived on the other side of the market and are browsing around. Cinderella is behind)

Prince

The Sweetest Sounds I'll ever hear

Cinderella

The Sweetest Sounds I'll ever hear

are still inside my head

Cinderella

The kindest words I'll ever hear

Prince

The kindest words I'll ever hear

are waiting to be said

Prince

The most, entrancing sight of all

is yet for me to see!

Cinderella

The most, entrancing sight of all

is yet for me to see!

Both

And the dearest love in all the world

Prince

is waiting somewhere for me

Cinderella

(echoing) waiting somewhere....

Prince

Is waiting somewhere.....

(Cinderella is walking along and a coach sweeps through her path. She jumps back and drops all her packages)

Prince

Are you all right, miss? (running to her aid)

Cinderella

Yes, I'm fine, I think.

Prince

(He picks up one of the very strange looking hats Cinderella was carrying and looks at it for a second)

Here you go. Just like those royals isn't it? Not caring if they're in anybody's way.

Cinderella

Well I'm sure they were going somewhere very important.

Prince

I doubt it.

(There eyes meet. There is a moment of silence)

Cinderella

Thanks. Thanks for your help.

(she gets up and starts to walk)

Prince

Wait! What's your name?

Cinderella

Cinderella. (her back to him)

Prince

Beg your pardon?

Cinderella

Cinderella. (facing him)

I like to sit by the fire and the cinders fly.

Prince

Ahh! Cinder-ella. I like it!

Cinderella

It... it grows on you, I guess. Excuse me!

Prince (following her)

Tell me Cinderella, what would a man have to do to find himself in your good graces?

Cinderella

Who wants to know?

Prince

Let's just say a charming stranger.

(he has been walking backwards talking to her and runs into a cart)

Cinderella

Oh my. I'm not sure I want to meet this stranger. He probably has no idea how a girl needs to treated.

Prince

Like a princess, I suppose.

Cinderella

No, like a person, with kindness and respect.

Prince

You're not like most girls are you?

Cinderella

What do you mean?

Prince

Nothing. I didn't mean to offend you.

(They look away for a minute)

Cinderella

It's all right. It's just that I've led a pretty sheltered life.

Prince

So have I.

Cinderella

Really?

Prince

Everyday the same old routine....

Cinderella

Until you just want to run away...

Both

and never come back!

(they laugh)

Stepmother

(appearing from behind)

I thought I told you never to talk to strangers!!

Cinderella

I'm so sorry, Stepmother.

Prince

I hope I see you again, Cinderella. (he turns and walks away)

Stepmother

Well hurry up with those packages!! What are you doing? (turning)

Cinderella

(sings)

The most entrancing sight of all,

is yet for me to see....

Cinderella & Prince

And the dearest love in all the world

is waiting somewhere for me.

Is waiting somewhere.....

Stepmother (returning)

Cinderella!!!

Prince & Cinderella

Somewhere for me..... (the prince is seen getting into the royal carriage. Cinderella sees this and hurrys away)

Scene 2

The Royal Dressing Room

Lionel

Why?! Why the disguise again your highness after I beg you?

Prince

I had a lovely time today Lionel. No one treated my like a prince. What a relief to be among real people.

Lionel

Listen to me. I am a real person. Does that tell you anything? Believe me, they are all out there wishing they could be you!

Prince

Because they have no idea what it's really like!

Lionel

Help me out here. You are rich, you live in a geourgous castle, you have beautiful women throwing themselves at your feet. Is there something I am not getting?!

(The Prin