Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella [DVD] [1997]

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  • Release Date: 02/04/2003
  • Rating: G
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).
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Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (36 out of 37)

Special Features


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

Synopsis


Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella
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). ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Whitney Houston
    Whitney Houston - Fairy Godmother
  • Brandy
    Brandy - Cinderella
  • Jason Alexander
    Jason Alexander - Lionel, the steward
  • Whoopi Goldberg
    Whoopi Goldberg - Queen
  • Bernadette Peters
    Bernadette Peters - Stepmother



Customer rating

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98%
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun version of Cinderella

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    BrattyOne
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    I had seen this when it originally aired on TV. My daughter and I loved it so I wanted to have it in my personal collection. After watching it again, I decided it was a good decision. The acting and the cast are fun to watch. The colors and costumes are brilliant. Worth the purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Update to a Classic!

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    Best289

    I really love this movie. It's what I'd call a "corny-but-cute" movie. Some may not enjoy the movie because they feel it's too unrealistic, but I think Brandy does a very good job as Cinderella and Whitney is a fabulous fairy godmother. I like the diversity of the cast and the music rocks! The acting is pretty good, and I think the movie is a decent, "hip" version of a very simple and classic movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love It!!!

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    K101689

    I absolutly LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!! The first time I saw this movie was on tv when I was younger and I fell in love with this movie. For the longest time I couldnt find it on dvd and now that I have ill prob watch it over and over. If you want a great movie with good acting, a little sad but makes you smile romance movie-all in one...Well go and get this movie!!!!!!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    love this movie!

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    monkey40

    The first time i saw this movie, I was a kid. Then years later, I got the movie and it brought back great memories. This movie is magical to little kids. One thing I have to ask is why is the king a white men and the queen a black woman and they have a son who's asian? Anyways, it's a great movie for kids with entertaining songs and dancing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    LOVED IT!

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    mamamille
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    This was one of my favorite movies growing up. I was excited to buy it so my 3 year old daughter can watch it and she loved it too. A black queen, a white king, an asian prince and a black princess? How can you go wrong, lol.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great movie for people who love disney and musical

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    disneymagic
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    I really enjoyed this movie! It has great actors, beautiful singing and songs within the movie. It gives this classic tale a modern and upbeat makeover. Its a movie that the whole family can watch, and for those disney lovers out there its one you'll want to watch over and over again!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Childhood relived

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    Settle108
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    Fantastic movie! Took me right back to my childhood in this version of Cinderella. Would highly recommend for anyone that loves the story of Cinderella.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic Musical with a Twist

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    Tico25
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    The classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical get's a much needed diverse casting update. Enjoy this beautiful musical performed by a great cast.

    I would recommend this to a friend


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