Twenty-four years since its premiere, “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” starring Brandy and Whitney Houston is officially coming to Disney+. On Thursday (Feb. 4), Disney announced that the musical movie will launch on the streaming service “at the stroke of midnight” on Feb. 12.
— Disney (@Disney) February 4, 2021
Brandy also appeared on “The View” to make the announcement alongside her “Cinderella” co-star Whoopi Goldberg, and reflected on her groundbreaking role as the first Black princess.
“It meant everything to me because first of all, I got to work with my childhood idols, Whitney Houston, Whoopi Goldberg, Bernadette Peters,” she said. “The impact that it had on me and the lives of so many families and girls that look like me, it was just unbelievable. Looking back, I can now share this with my daughter and watch it.”
Fans have been anxiously waiting for the beloved musical to be released for streaming since it originally premiered on Nov. 2, 1997. More than 60 million viewers tuned into the televised broadcast of the live-action fairy tale adaptation, which starred Brandy as Cinderella and Houston as her fairy godmother. The film featured a diverse A-list cast including Victor Garber, Bernadette Peters, Paolo Montalban, and Jason Alexander, and spawned the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein soundtrack.
“I’m so excited that ‘Cinderella’ has a home now at Disney+ and we can celebrate and share and inspire a whole new generation,” added Brandy, who also shared the advice she received from the late Houston shortly before her passing in 2012.
“She told me to please promise her to always be myself, like never change for anyone,” she said.
Earlier this week, Brandy’s album b7 was nominated for Outstanding Album at the 52nd NAACP Image Awards.