Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella

Director: Robert Iscove Cast: Whitney Houston, Brandy, Jason Alexander


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Seen on ABC's Wonderful World of Disney, this $12-million production is the only musical Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote for television. The CBS-TV original, with 21-year-old Julie Andrews in the title role and Edie Adams as the Fairy Godmother, played on live television March 31, 1957 to TV's largest audience ever to that date (107-million viewers). That historic production, captured on kinescope, can still be seen today on library monitors at the Museum of Television & Radio in New York and Los Angeles. Hammerstein died in 1960 and did not get to see 18-year-old Lesley Ann Warren as Cinderella in the February 22, 1965 restaged production, repeated annually on CBS until 1977 and later made available on videotape from CBS/Fox Video and Facets Multimedia. Added to the 1965 show was "Loneliness of Evening," a song actually written for South Pacific but cut before the Broadway opening. Running a half-hour longer, this third interpretation premiered November 2, 1997. Filmed over a 28-day period, it stars Brandy Norwood as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as the Fairy Godmother, with Bernadette Peters as the Stepmother, Whoopi Goldberg as the Queen (wearing $60 million worth of borrowed Harry Winston jewelry), Paolo Montalban as the Prince, and Jason Alexander as the Prince's steward, Lionel. Scripter Robert L. Freedman provided a rewrite of the original Oscar Hammerstein book, and three other Richard Rodgers songs were added to the existing score: "There's Music in You" (from the 1953 movie musical Main Street to Broadway), "The Sweetest Sounds" (a Brandy/Montalban duet), and "Falling in Love with Love." Originally set in motion as a follow-up to the highly successful TV Gypsy (1993) with Bette Midler, this 1997 multicultural version (sometimes referred to as the "rainbow Cinderella") was years in the making, since it was initiated in 1994 when Houston joined executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (the team responsible for the TV Gypsy).

Product Details

Release Date: 02/04/2003
UPC: 0786936143355
Original Release: 1997
Rating: G
Source: Walt Disney Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:28:00
Sales rank: 601

Special Features

Closed Caption; "A Cinderella Story" - featurette; International trailer; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Fullscreen (1.33:1)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Whitney Houston Fairy Godmother
Brandy Cinderella
Jason Alexander Lionel, the steward
Whoopi Goldberg Queen
Bernadette Peters Stepmother
Veanne Cox Actor
Natalie Desselle Actor
Victor Garber King
Paolo Montalban Prince

Technical Credits
Robert Iscove Director
Bud Alper Sound/Sound Designer
Ralf Bode Cinematographer
Debra Martin Chase Executive Producer
Robert L. Freedman Screenwriter
David R. Ginsburg Executive Producer
Oscar Hammerstein Songwriter
Whitney Houston Executive Producer
Valorie Massalas Casting
Neil Meron Executive Producer
Mike Moder Producer
Rob Marshall Choreography
Richard Rodgers Score Composer
Craig Zadan Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [4:16]
2. "The Sweetest Sounds" [9:07]
3. "The Prince Is Giving a Ball" [7:26]
4. "In My Own Little Corner" [3:23]
5. A Bargain [1:37]
6. Drilling the Girls [3:30]
7. "Falling in Love With Love" [3:48]
8. Fairy Godmother Appears [2:42]
9. "Impossible" [3:54]
10. "It's Possible" [1:54]
11. The Ball [4:20]
12. Cinderella Arrives [3:01]
13. "Ten Minutes Ago" [4:52]
14. "Stepsisters' Lament" [5:11]
15. "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?" [5:29]
16. Returning Home [1:26]
17. "A Lovely Night" [8:11]
18. Trying on the Slipper [7:30]
19. "There's Music in You" [2:48]
20. End Credits [3:25]

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Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i used to LOVE this movie!! i would watch it every year on wonderful world of disney!! <3
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Is a Great Movie I Havnt Seen It In A Long Time But Realy IS A Awesome Sweet movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This adaptation was excellent. Certainly, it cannot compare to the original; each version stands alone in quality for its time. As a little girl, I loved the original and as an adult, I adore this version with such a diverse cast. Both have substance and style in their unique way. My niece is captivated by this 1997 version. Each time it's done the twist is different (look at Ever After), but it's to be enjoyed and that's all that matters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first saw that they were making this movie, I had no desire to watch. But I had to eat my words when we later rented it and loved it! Okay, so there are people of all races in one family, but so what? It's theater! It's a great message for kids, too, because there is no separation of race. The music is great, Brandy and the Prince were wonderful, and Whitney Houston (pre-freakout era) is a fabulous Fairy Godmother. Recommended for the whole family!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really great film!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful classic story "Cinderella" that is very well made to please. I enjoy watching it with the whole family and friends,too. Its a very cute story and it's won me!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think its a great movie with lots of excitement , lmao . . . its a great family movie for all ages and it has a wicked cast!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's fabulous!So much better! Theres nothing else I can say be perfect!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was perfect for family viewing and is an "out of the box" fairy tale that allows everyone to see themselves in a dream come true. I loved it. My children loved it. My husband loved it. Excellent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great musical!!! with an awesome cast!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great movie...and it really helped me with my project i had to do on a musical. It was not like one of those boring musicals. It was a fun and helpful movie. I loved it!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This version of Cinderella was a refreshing twist on the original. I just have one question, since when has a caucasion father and a black mother come together and make a child from the phillipines? Despite that, it was good to see such a classic become multi-cultural.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie has had my entire large family choked with hysterical laughter time and time again. It has many quotable quotes, which, every time someone quotes them, sets the family laughing once more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful movie.Rodger and Hamerstein have made in my opinion a clasic.This is a wonderful movie of Cinderella.Wonderful love movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rodgers and Hammerstein have done it again. I love the Disney animated verson of Cinderella, but this Cinderella story is much better, in my opinion. This movie is fulled with magic, dancing, and music. There are some new songs alone with the older ones that are found in other Cinderella storys. This movie will make you laugh, sing, and dance. After seeing this movie you will believe that anythings possible when you put your mind to it; only you can get yourself to the ball.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really cute movie, but there's one problem! TOO MUCH SINGING! After ONE song ends, ANOTHER one starts 4 minutes later! I recommend this movie to people who actually LIKE movies with about 200 songs in it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was much better as the original. If you haven't seen the original this may be an entertaining film, but I don't like anything about this nearly as much as the original. The original had better everything in my opinion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Depite raves, I found this one of the most disapponting productions I've ever seen. Even the glamor of Whoopi's costuming cannot give sparkle to her poorly delivered lines. Brandi Norwood's performance and singing is a poor second compared to Julie Andrews. It is typical of the miscasting that mars this production. In my opinion every area this production falls flat on its face compared to the original production. Quality is sacrificed on the altar of trendy fashions. Freedman's strained effort to script a politically-correct version of a charming fairy tale by giving something for everyone leaves the viewer with NOTHING. Save your time and money, watch something else.