If only I had done my research days ago.
It wasn’t until Melissa from Mouse on the Mind texted me yesterday afternoon to inform me that Lesley Ann Warren had been a guest star on The Muppet Show back in Season 3. Why does this matter? Well, first, I’m obviously not watching these episodes fast enough. (I can’t help it! I don’t want to rush it!) And, second, Melissa and I attended an event at Barnes and Noble last Wednesday for Lesley Ann Warren, who was there to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Rodger + Hammerstein’s Cinderella.
I have never been quiet about my affection for this woman and this movie. Last February, I even wrote about it in this triple-feature Cinderella post. To see her in person, was a whole different story. She sang three songs from the film (“Ten Minutes Ago”, “My Own Little Corner” and “A Lovely Night”) for the first time in public and I couldn’t help but wipe away tears. Melissa and I were probably two of the youngest people in the audience, but still — those songs meant so much to my childhood and continue to delight me today.
During a short but enthusiastic sit-down interview with Richard Skipper, Lesley Ann reminisced about how she really felt like Cinderella on that set, intimidated to be working with such huge stars like Ginger Rogers and Celeste Holm. The long hours, how the dress she wore was so heavy she had to get shots in her shoulders, the incredible outpouring of love she’s felt like viewers and people in the industry over the years, her time with Richard Rodgers and how she didn’t do well during her first audition. It was wonderful to hear her talk about the experience with such love and to hear her talk about how easily she is transported back to that place in her life when she hears the score.
She was pretty darn adorable, and (shh!) might be gracing Broadway in the spring. Exciting, exciting news.
But, for now, how about a great clip for her time on The Muppet Show? James and I skipped ahead in the name of Lesley Ann and I am so glad we did. My love for this lady aside, this is probably one of the best shows I’ve seen in awhile. Kermit is a little upset that Leslie and Warren didn’t show up but hey, Lesley Ann is pretty and can sing and dance with the best of them.
So today’s a little hooray to Lesley Ann Warren for being so magical and giving me so many happy memories: past and present. Hopefully, you are all inspired for your own R+H Cinderella rewatch!
…a lovely night, a lovely night…