Along those lines, one of the most fascinating things was discovering the prince’s number I Lie in the Loneliness of Evening (which I first heard with the soundtrack of the new Broadway production) was actually first included here in 1965! :) It was originally composed for South Pacific (which makes a lot of sense with the “flecked sea” line), but cut before production. It’s placed near the beginning in this version and I think the prince does an admirable job with it. Also, while on the song topic, I thought their take on In My Own Little Corner was original (i.e. having the stepmother send Cinderella to her corner and Cinderella trying to make the best of a bad business).
It’s very much a “stage” type production and the color scheme throughout is quite bold: reds and lavenders and blues and oranges and bright greens.
I do have to say the dialogue’s a bit stilted in places, but I’ve now seen it twice and overall did like it more the second time. One of the main things (that does irk me) is that the stepsisters aren’t terribly nasty and they’re also a bit older (which is absolutely fine), but I ended up feeling much more like, “Oh, the poor unfortunate girls… Yes, they’re totally awkward and disagreeable, but oh dear… they don’t really deserve to be made fun of.” (And most especially not by the prince. As my sister said, he’s an absolutely great prince, he just needs to go to finishing school -- which, of course, is more the fault of the script, not the actor.)
The prince is quite fantastic. His voice and singing are excellent, reminding me in places of Jon Cypher’s performance in the original 50’s version, while Cinderella has a definite, high, piquant timbre/quality to her voice and singing tone.
For a couple high points, Cinderella’s chiffon skirts do sweep and glitter quite beautifully when she’s dancing at the ball and after she arrives home she also has a short ballet interlude during A Lovely Night, which is fun and unexpected. :)
Altogether, while I have to say this still isn’t a top favorite, as aforementioned, I've seen it twice now and did like it quite a bit more the second time around. It’s definitely memorable!