Dear Rodgers and Hammerstein,

While I am thankful for all of your work, I must express my gratitude to you for Cinderella in particular for two reasons. First, the score is perfect for Julie Andrews, for whom you wrote the part of Cinderella. CBS plucked her out of relative obscurity and propelled her to superstardom by casting her as the lead in what was, at the time, the most viewed television program ever. Secondly, the book is breathtaking, especially for seven months’ short work. In Act II, you precisely capture every girl’s fairy tale vision. When I think of how it feels to fall in love, no song better conveys my sentiments than “Do I love You Because You’re Beautiful?”  No single word can capture that feeling — a combination of contentment, giddiness, bafflement, disbelief, etc. — but somehow the phrase, “Do I want you because you’re wonderful, or are you wonderful because I want you?” encapsulates it perfectly.

Good night, Mun


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