Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (1997).wmv (Size: 374.78 MB) (Files: 1)
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (1997).wmv
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella is a musical written for television by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II based upon the fairy tale, Cinderella.
The 1997 television re-make of the musical, the only one of the three versions shot on film, is directed by Robert Iscove, written by Robert L. Freedman, and produced by Whitney Houston and Debra Martin Chase for Walt Disney Productions. It was one of the first broadcasts in the latest revival of The Wonderful World of Disney, on Disney-owned ABC. This version was notable for boasting a racially diverse cast, with Brandy as Cinderella, Whitney Houston as her fairy godmother, Bernadette Peters as Cinderella's stepmother, Paolo Montalban as the prince, Whoopi Goldberg as the queen, Victor Garber as the king, and Jason Alexander as Lionel, the herald.
The hit song "Falling in Love With Love", from the Rodgers and Hart musical The Boys from Syracuse, was sung by Bernadette Peters as the Stepmother. "The Sweetest Sounds" from Rodgers' No Strings, was also used, sung by Cinderella and the Prince. "There's Music in You," written by Rodgers and Hammerstein for the 1953 film Main Street To Broadway, was sung as the finale by Fairy Godmother Whitney Houston. The production won two awards in 1998: The Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Award and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety or Music Program.
When Whitney Houston signed on to the film, she was put as producer and in the role of Cinderella. However, she later called Brandy and told her she wanted her to audition for the role of Cinderella saying "I'm already 33 years old, and I want you to play Cinderella". Brandy only agreed to do the part if Houston played her fairy godmother, because she was "[her] idol."
PS: I've always loved this movie since I saw it on TV than 10 years ago. Been looking for it, but the DVD isn't available anymore and there are no torrents. I stumbled upon this video yesterday on www.bobbyskids.com/cinderella.html. Unfortunately the resolution is low. Well, I hope this upload will inspire:D another--better quality--Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella upload.