Lesley Ann Warren to Join Curtain Call Performance With Broadway's 'Cinderella' Cast

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Lesley Ann Warren, who starred in the 1965 television version of Cinderella, will once again take to the stage to sing an encore performance of a song from the classic musical.

The Victor/Victoria star will attend the Sept. 23 production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella and join the cast on stage during the curtain call to sing Ten Minutes Ago.

"I'm really looking forward to it," Warren said. The actress has yet to see the Broadway production but saw a performance on the Tony Award telecast and called it "scrumptious."

Julie Andrews originated the part on Broadway eight years before Warren's beloved television performance, which also starred Walter Pidgeon, Stuart Damon, Ginger Rogers and Celeste Holm.

A special DVD of the 1965 television performance was released last year in anticipation of the television broadcast's 50th anniversary next year.

Warren, 68, said the reality that nearly 50 years have passed since she starred as Cinderella on television "makes me sick. It is crazy because it truly doesn't feel that way to me. I can't even wrap my head around it."

Warren was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in Blake Edwards' Victor/Victoria and had recurring television roles on Desperate Housewives and In Plain Sight.

When Warren began rehearsals for next week's performance of Ten Minutes Ago, she became very emotional as treasured memories resurfaced.

"It brought me back to that 18-year-old girl that I was creating that role," she said. "It was such a momentous experience for me."

Warren said the beloved television version had a great impact on performers and fans of the production.

"It changed my life," she said. "It became a classic so quickly. It affected not only me but it affected so many people who were kind enough to let me know how it impacted their life."

Keke Palmer currently plays Cinderella at the Broadway Theatre, alongside Sherri Shepherd, who plays the evil stepmother.

Pam Wright