Since the launch of Disney+ in late 2019, musical lovers, Houston-heads, and Jason Alexander fanatics have all had the same question: where is Cinderella? No, not the 1950 animated film, which has been on the streaming service since day one. We’re, of course, referring to the far superior 1997 TV movie based on the Rogers & Hammerstein musical. And after nearly 18 months of waiting, our prayers have finally been answered, as Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella will be available to stream on Disney+ starting at Midnight on February 12.
The news was met with unbridled pandemonium online, with thousands of fans rejoicing that they would finally be able Why is this Cinderella adaptation so beloved? While it may follow the same familiar beats of the story we all grew up with, this version sets itself apart with a seemingly endless supply of charm, along with adding a dash of postmodern sensibility to the timeless tale.
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The movie’s biggest strength is an absolutely killer cast led by Brandy in the titular role and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother. The two legends are unsurprisingly phenomenal and the movie reaches its zenith when the two finally get to share the screen together. Seriously, try not to get goosebumps during their absolutely soaring rendition of “Impossible.” And the rest of the surprisingly star-studded cast is every bit as good, with Whoopi Goldberg, Bernadette Peters, and Jason Alexander all lending their talents to the film.
And, of course, the fact that the songs are all fantastic should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the unparalleled work of Rogers & Hammerstein. “Impossible” is the showstopper but there are tons of other fun tunes throughout the movie, including “Ten Minutes Ago,” “Stepsisters’ Lament,” and “A Lovely Night.”
So if you are craving a little magic in your life, do yourself a favor and watch Cinderella next weekend. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.
Cinderella will be available to stream on Disney+ at Midnight on February 12.