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Although mistreated by her cruel stepmother and stepsisters, Cinderella is able to attend the royal ball through the help of a fairy godmother.


Robert Iscove


Oscar Hammerstein II (book), Robert L. Freedman (teleplay)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Brandy Norwood ... Cinderella (as Brandy)
Bernadette Peters ... Cinderella's Stepmother
Veanne Cox ... Calliope
Natalie Desselle Reid ... Minerva (as Natalie Desselle)
Paolo Montalban ... Prince Christopher
Jason Alexander ... Lionel
Whoopi Goldberg ... Queen Constantina
Victor Garber ... King Maximillian
Whitney Houston ... Fairy Godmother
Michael Haynes Michael Haynes ... The Coachman
Scott Fowler Scott Fowler ... Dancer #1
Noel Peters Noel Peters
Nathan Prevost ... Dancer #2
Travis Payne ... Dancer #3
Jennifer Lee Keyes Jennifer Lee Keyes ... Dancer #4


Cinderella (Brandy) chafes under the cruelty of her wicked stepmother (Bernadette Peters) and her evil stepsisters, Calliope (Veanne Cox) and Minerva (Natalie Desselle), until her Fairy Godmother (Whitney Houston) steps in to change her life for one unforgettable night. At the ball, she falls for handsome Prince Christopher (Paolo Montalban), whose parents, King Maximillian (Victor Garber) and Queen Constantina (Whoopi Goldberg), are anxious for him to find a suitable paramour.

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Release Date:

2 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


First multi-racial cast performing Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. See more »


When Lionel is talking to the baker, the eight women carrying bread can be seen in the background waiting for their cue. See more »


Cinderella: [after Fairy Godmother turns the pumpkin into a carriage] Oh my goodness.
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Version of Cinderella (1989) See more »


In My Own Little Corner (reprise)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Brandy Norwood
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A credible version
10 April 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I saw this version as I have always liked Bernadette Peters and Whitney Houston. And although it is not perfect and I do much prefer the 1965 and 1957 versions, I enjoyed this movie. For a TV movie it is well made and completely delightful to watch. The effects are above average, the costumes and sets are gorgeous and the ballroom sequence with its enchanting photography was the highlight of the film. The story is timeless, the choreography is dazzling and danced with gusto and while slightly corny at times the dialogue amuses. Rodgers and Hammerstein's songs are outstanding, with too many highlights to list. I wasn't so taken with the more contemporary numbers though, the style jarred with those of R&H's and other than to suit the voices of some of those involved I personally didn't see much point in adding them. Overall, the cast are just great, the multicultural issue didn't bother me at all. I wasn't a fan of Brandy as Cinderella, she's not terrible by all means, she's beautiful, charming and whimsical and interacts well with everyone, but there are times where she's made to look passive and this felt forced to me. Also I never quite warmed to her voice, the tuning and style are fine. It was more the tone, I've never liked singers who sound as though they are singing through their nose. However, the rest of the cast fare much better, Whitney Houston is a slightly overplayed but vocally outstanding Fairy Godmother, Bernadette Peters is a wonderfully wicked and somewhat tragic step-mother, Jason Alexander is hilarious as Lionel and as the prince Paolo Montalban is dashing. The stepsisters are suitably odious and Whoopi Goldberg seems to be enjoying herself as the Queen. Overall, credible version but not the best, that belongs to the 1957 version with Julie Andrews. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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