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                                                    CAST MAKES 
                                           'CINDERELLA' CHARMING 

                                        By CLIVE BARNES 

                                                          May 5, 2001 -- 
                                                          RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S
                                                          Theater at Madison Square
                                                          Garden. (212) 307-4111. 

                                                          WHEN is a Broadway musical not
                                                          a Broadway musical?When it is
                                                          "Rodgers & Hammerstein's
                                                          Cinderella," which surfaced again
                                                          Thursday night for a two-week run
                                                          at the Theater at Madison Square

                                                          And, yes, the gal with the footloose
                                                          footwear is Jamie-Lynn Sigler,
                                                          better known around New Jersey
                                                          and HBO as Tony Soprano's bright
                                                          but wayward daughter. And she
                                                          can sing! 

                                        But first of all, this "Cinderella." What is it? 

                                        Of all the many collaborations between Richard Rodgers and
                                        Oscar Hammerstein II, "Cinderella" is the only one never
                                        planned for the stage. In the summer of 1956, CBS
                                        Television invited these Broadway giants to write a
                                        90-minute musical especially for live TV. 

                                        What made the offer irresistible to R&H was that it was
                                        slated to star Julie Andrews - after "My Fair Lady"
                                        Broadway's newly anointed Queen - and thus "Cinderella"
                                        was born. 

                                        On March 31, 1957, it was seen by more than 107 million
                                        viewers, reaching an audience dwarfing that of all of R&H's
                                        stage ventures from "Oklahoma!" on. Not unexpectedly
                                        there were two later TV versions in 1964 and 1997. 

                                        But how about the stage? Now, there was a temptation. The
                                        first attempt was a bastardized version in 1958 in London -
                                        where, of course, the telecast had never been seen - and in
                                        1993 it turned up, oddly, at Lincoln Center under the
                                        auspices of New York City Opera. 

                                        Neither version worked wonderfully well. Yet the score's a
                                        quiet charmer - just listen to the original CBS cast recording
                                        with La Andrews, freshly available on CD. 

                                        The new adaptation is by Tony Briggs, with musical
                                        arrangements and supervision by Andrew Lippa (the
                                        composer of the good "Wild Party" at Manhattan Theatre
                                        Club) and the whole new shebang has been staged by
                                        Gabriel Barre. 

                                        The production, which is rather more spartanly
                                        bus-and-truck than opulent Broadway, has been placed
                                        somewhere between ancient China and 19th century
                                        Ruritania, and at times looks a mixture of scrimp, save and

                                        Yet the score soars. Interestingly, this the only time Rodgers
                                        and Hammerstein, obviously inspired by Andrews, show a
                                        strong influence of Lerner and Loewe's then recent megahit,
                                        "My Fair Lady." And supplemented by that lovely song "The
                                        Sweetest Sounds," from Rodgers' later "No Strings," it's
                                        gossamer and magic. 

                                        While the production values may be sparse, the cast is
                                        excellent. Jamie-Lynn Sigler vocally may not be the next
                                        Julie Andrews, but she's beautiful and charming, while Paolo
                                        Montalban (in answer to yet another question - he's no
                                        relation!) makes a stalwart, strong-voiced Prince. 

                                        Yet the real strength of the production lies in the comic
                                        roles. Eartha Kitt (with the most distinctive voice in the
                                        world) does wonders as the Fairy Godmother who believes
                                        in self-reliance, and Everett Quinton (with the second most
                                        distinctive voice in the world) is beautifully bitchy as the
                                        wicked Stepmother. 

                                        Other nice turns are provided by Victor Trent Cook as the
                                        Chamberlain and Ken Prymus and Leslie Becker as the
                                        King and Queen. 

                                        It's now a good show for kids - better, say, that either
                                        "Seussical" or "Tom Sawyer" - yet what is fascinating is that
                                        with some quite considerable primping and tweaking, to say
                                        nothing of 10 million bucks, I still think that one day Rodgers
                                        and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" could make it to Broadway.