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Cinderella from Hey Cinderella!

Sesame Street News Flash

Numberella wears the number 21 to the ball.

Kermit finds "Lady Holiday's" glass slipper.

Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Celebration

Prairie Dawn in the starring role of Cinderella.

Prairie Dawn interviewing Cinderella's pumpkin.

Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother, played by Andrea Martin, visit Sesame Street.


Cinderella is the featured character in a folktale which dates as far back as the 1630s. Over the centuries, the best known versions have been written and developed by the likes of Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm and Walt Disney.

The story continues to inspire artists. It was conceived as a made for television musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein, while Stephen Sondheim included Cinderella as one of the principal storylines in his Broadway musical Into the Woods. Vince Gill and The Cheetah Girls have even recorded songs inspired by the rags to riches tale.


  • CinderElmo is a rare telling of the story with a male in the lead role, played by Elmo.
  • When the Muppet Babies tell Baby Gonzo that he can't wear a dress to the ball in the Muppet Babies episode "Gonzo-rella", his fairy rat-father (Rizzo) grants him his wish anyway, enabling him to attend the ball as the Cinderella analog, Gonzo-rella.

Sesame Street

  • Episode 4101 features Elmo, Zoe, and Baby Bear playing with a ball that is actually Cinderella. Her Fairy Godmother accidentally turned her into a ball instead of sending her to the ball. The godmother restores Cinderella to her normal self (performed by Stephanie D'Abruzzo), albeit with a frazzled appearance and a headache from being thrown around. Through yet another mix-up, the fairy godmother sends the trio to the Prince's ball with Cinderella.
  • A Hot Pink Live Hand version of the character, played by Stephanie D'Abruzzo, appears in Episode 4233, performing a sink or float experiment at the Fairy Tale Science Fair.


  • Abby Cadabby's mother is Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother. Abby has also used the word the magic word "allerednic" (Cinderella backward) on occasion, such as in episode 4134.
  • A pilot for a proposed series was created for the Cinderella story, but never came to full fruition in that form.
  • Numberella, a Sesame Street parody of Cinderella, was a storybook Gordon read to the kids, which was also acted out by several Anything Muppets. (YouTube)
  • The Colambo caper "The Lost Slipper Caper," features Colambo helping Cinderella (performed by Louise Gold) figure out what happened to her glass slipper. The Prince shows up with it, and takes Colambo with him to the palace. (First: Episode 2983)
  • Elmo reprises his role as CinderElmo in the 2008 book Storybook ABCs; Abby Cadabby turns a pumpkin into a coach for him.
  • In Sesame Street Episode 4212, Rosita, Abby, and a penguin are playing princess-roller skating, but the penguin can’t find her second skate. A Prince, played by Paul Rudd, pulls out a glass slipper, but the trio continues to search for the roller skate instead.
  • Sesame Street Episode 4088 has the Count suggesting that Snuffy make a wish to float in the clouds, since wishing worked for Cinderella.
  • Telly joins Ernie's pretend tea party, for which he invited the Friendly Giant, Cinderella and Super Adventure Boy in episode 3886.
  • Maria shows the magic wand and wings that Gabi wore when she played the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella in Sesame Street Episode 3926.
  • Baby Bear draws Cinderella's carriage in the book Love, Elmo.
  • During a "Sesame Street News Flash," Pinocchio says "My name is Cinderella and for breakfast I ate two dragons!", a lie that makes his nose grow.
  • According to Ernie in a tweet, Cinderella plays for the Fairy Tale Football League.


  • Jason Alexander played Lionel in the 1997 TV musical
  • Julie Andrews played Cinderella in the 1957 TV musical
  • Kaye Ballard played stepsister Portia in the 1957 TV musical
  • Sônia Braga voiced stepsister Esmeralda in the "Cinderella" episode of Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1995)
  • Brandy played Cinderella in the 1997 TV musical
  • Helena Bonham Carter played the Fairy Godmother in the 2015 remake of the Disney version
  • Mike Douglas played the singing voice of the Prince in the animated film Cinderella (1950)
  • Fran Drescher was a replacement for Madame in the 2013 Broadway version of the Rogers and Hammerstein musical
  • Santino Fontana originated the role of Topher in the 2013 Broadway version of the Rogers and Hammerstein musical
  • Victor Garber played the King in the 1997 TV musical
  • Whoopi Goldberg played the Queen in the 1997 TV musical
  • Edie McClurg played stepsister Bertha in the 1985 Faerie Tale Theatre episode
  • Rob Paulsen voiced the Grand Duke in various Disney tie-ins, including Cinderella III: A Twist in Time (2007, direct-to-video), audio books, trailer looping for the 1950 feature, and more
  • Bernadette Peters played the Stepmother the 1997 TV musical
  • Vincent Price co-narrated the CBS Radio Workshop episode "Speaking of Cinderella, or If the Shoe Fits" (1956)
  • Amy Sedaris voiced Cinderella in Shrek the Third (2007)
  • Jimmy Smits voiced Prince Felipe in the "Cinderella" episode of the animated anthology Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1995)
  • Jean Stapleton played the Fairy Godmother in the 1985 Faerie Tale Theatre episode
  • Lesley Ann Warren played Cinderella in the 1965 TV musical
  • Raquel Welch voiced the Stepmother in the "Cinderella" episode of the animated anthology Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1995)
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