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First multi-racial cast performing Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. See more »
During the scene in the palace hallway, the Prince and Lionel are talking while Lionel helps the Prince get dressed. When the Prince goes through the passage to the room his parents are in, it's obvious he is not dressed well, with only two shirt buttons done up, cuffs undone, shirt untucked, etc. But when he meets his parents, he is perfectly dressed and neat. See more »
[after Fairy Godmother turns the pumpkin into a carriage]
Oh my goodness.
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We received this movie as a gift and it sat unwatched for a year until my 3-yr old pulled it out. I don't usually tear up during movies, but this production is stunning to watch, and lovingly detailed. The costumes, the sets, the colors are hypnotic, very much like a dream. I particularly appreciate the inclusive, multi-racial cast, especially because we're used to seeing all combinations of families here in Cambridge. Whitney Houston's voice gives new meaning to the idea of fairy godmother. It's really her show; the whole theme that "nothing is impossible" rings even truer when you know about Houston's own history as a young housewife singing in her basement, dreaming of something better. Brandy makes a most sympathetic Cinderella-- she's not passive, she just doesn't know what to do, and her transformation from scullery maid to conficent princess is as believable as it is lovely to watch. This production is also unpretentious in that it's not preachy, or divisive. There is no one evil or bad; everyone's clearly trying to do the best they can. What more can you ask for? I'm in love with this movie, and credit Houston with a clear vision of how the dusty Cinderella story can become timeless and compassionate with just a few strategic modern touches!
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