Where is the cast of Whitney Houston's 'Cinderella' now? Disney Plus ready for Brandy's strong princess
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 'Cinderella', the 1997 television movie starring Whitney Houston and Brandy Norwood in lead roles as Fairy Godmother and Cinderella, is now officially coming to Disney Plus. The movie is an adaptation of a story from Oscar Hammerstein II's book and features a version of Cinderella who is strong as a teenager.
Unlike the one that we know of from fairytales where Cinderella is pitied and helpless and is one of the many women who fit the distressed women looking for a knight in shining armor, Brandy as Cinderella had spunk and the cast of the film was also racially diverse. The film was directed by Robert Iscove from a script by Robert I. Freedman.
According to announcements made by Disney, the movie will arrive "at the stroke of midnight" on February 12. Brandy who had asked Disney to pick up the rights for the film last year announced the news on 'The View' on Thursday along with Whoopi Goldberg who had starred in the movie as well and portrayed the role of Queen Constantina. Goldberg teased, "It’s pretty remarkable that people have been begging for ‘Cinderella’ to be re-released for almost 24 years. I mean, what do you think, is it possible?”
To this Brandy responded, "It’s definitely possible. I appreciate the fans,” and added, “I’m so excited that Cinderella has a home now at Disney plus and we can celebrate, and share, and inspire a whole new generation." The film was released during ABC's 'The Wonderful World of Disney' on November 2, 1997. The live-action film enjoyed a viewership of 60 million when its broadcast was televised and also won seven Emmy nominations in the year following its release. So where are the cast members of the show that starred the late singer Whitney Houston now?
✨ IT’S POSSIBLE! ✨ “Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella” will begin streaming on @disneyplus at the stroke of midnight on Friday, February 12th. 👑 Thank you God and thank you Nippy.🙏🏾🕊 pic.twitter.com/Qipt1SAA3a— b r a n d y (@4everBrandy) February 4, 2021
Brandy as Cinderella
Singer Brandy who made a comeback in 2020 after eight years with her album which was critically appreciated played the role of Cinderella in the film. Monica and Brandy who collaborated on 'It All Belongs to Me' in 2012 and 'The Boy is Mine' back in 1998 also got back together to collaborate on the Verzuz battle that was enjoyed by thousands of fans. In fact, after the battle in September 2020, fans of Monica and Brandy even requested the stars for a collaboration.
Jason Alexander as Lionel
Jason Alexander who played the role of Lionel in the film had also worked on 'Seinfield' between 1989 to 1998 as George Costanza. His performance in the show had fetched him seven consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards. He most recently voiced the role of Sy Borgman in 'Harley Quinn', the animated series, and also appeared in 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' as Asher Friedman.
Whoopi Goldberg as Queen Constantina
Whoopi Goldberg who had announced Disney's decision to add the film to their streaming library played the role of Queen Constantina in the film. Goldberg is one of the co-hosts of 'The View' currently and she is also seen in the show titled 'The Stand' which is the television adaptation of a book by Stephen King of the same name.
Bernadette Peters as Stepmother
Actor Bernadette Peters plays the role of the stepmother in the film. Most recently, the actor was seen in the shows 'The Good Fight' and 'Katy Keene'. She is an actor, singer, and also a children's book author. She has been working in the industry for over five decades and worked in musical theater, television, and films.