Who's ready to watch the 1997 version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'Cinderella'?
Our fairy godmothers are making our dreams come true! Disney+ is finally bringing Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella to the streaming service at midnight on Feb. 12. The classic fairytale adaptation first premiered on ABC's The Wonderful World of Disney, reports Bustle. The 1997 film stars Brandy as Cinderella and the late Whitney Houston as her fairy godmother. What a musical power duo! Also, the film made history at the time. Brandy was the first African-American to portray Cinderella onscreen. The multi-racial cast also featured Filipino actor Paolo Montalban who played the movie's prince. Who could forget Whoopi Goldberg as Queen Constantina, Victor Garber as King Maximillian, Bernadette Peters as the evil stepmother, and Jason Alexander as Lionel?
Why is Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA not streaming anywhere?— Tyler Dwiggins 💁🏼♂️ (@T_Dwiggs) January 2, 2021
What is even the point of Disney+, if not to make this 90s gem accessible at a moment’s notice?? pic.twitter.com/gJb8ox50TH
Whitney Houston was always a powerhouse... add an incredible singer like Brandy and you get memorable hits like "Impossible/It's Possible" and "Ten Minutes Ago." News of the Robert Iscove-directed musical coming to the streaming service was announced by the actress and R&B icon herself. Brandy delivered the good news with co-star Whoopi Goldberg during an appearance on The View on Thursday morning. According to EW, executive producer Whitney Houston was the person who handpicked Brandy for the role of Cinderella. The made-for-TV movie was written by Robert L. Freedman, and choreographed by Rob Marshall, who's gone on to direct films like Chicago, Into the Woods, and the upcoming live-action The Little Mermaid. Executive producers included Debra Martin Chase, Craig Zadan, and Neil Meron.
EXCLUSIVE: @4everBrandy announces on @TheView Rodgers and Hammerstein’s #Cinderella will premiere on @disneyplus February 12!— The View (@TheView) February 4, 2021
“We can celebrate and share and inspire a whole new generation to see this wonderful piece,” she tells us. pic.twitter.com/GVqNeM4Cf1
Whoopi Goldberg told Shondaland, "I got a phone call from Craig and Neil. They said, "Are you in?" I was like, "Sure." It’s Whitney Houston, it’s Brandy, and Victor is one of my favorite people from years back. I’ll do whatever you want!" Debra Martin Chase shared that Whitney Houston initially was to play the role of Cinderella but they ended up taking a different approach. "I started to realize that Whitney was past the time to play Cinderella. Luckily, when I talked to her about it, she agreed. We both knew that everyone still had images of Diana Ross, who is absolutely incredible, but who was a little old to be playing Dorothy in The Wiz. So Whitney and I decided she would play the Fairy Godmother instead — ultimately something that she was a little more comfortable with."
The countdown begins... 🕛💙 @RnH_Org's CINDERELLA starring @4everBrandy and Whitney Houston will be available to stream (for the first time ever!) on @DisneyPlus.— Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA (@RHCinderella) February 4, 2021
See you at the ball on Friday, February 12! ✨ #Cinderella1997 pic.twitter.com/lLAZsLSiiz
When Whitney finally picked Brandy for the role of Cinderella the youngster couldn't believe it at the time. " I screamed at the top of my lungs and ran all around my house. I left Whitney Houston on hold! Finally got back to the phone and I told her,I would be honored. Of course!" But I was thinking, "I gotta get my sh*t together. This is Whitney! I have to be on point. I have to be good." I couldn’t believe it. I was young, and all of my dreams were coming true. I was so thankful, and I couldn’t wait to work with her."
You asked for it✨✨✨it’s Possible 🌟✨🌟Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella premiers February 12 on Disney+— Bernadette Peters (@OfficialBPeters) February 4, 2021
Have a beautiful time at the Ball pic.twitter.com/9rbIxu37q3
Debra Martin Chase added, "I got into this business to change images and break down stereotypes. When I grew up I never saw myself on screen. Cinderella embodies everything that I got into this business to do. The fact that it’s still very much beloved and influencing generations, that’s the dream come true out of all this. I’m still so proud of it, and I know Whitney would be, too."
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella will be available on Disney+ at the stroke of midnight on Friday, Feb. 12.