It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years since Brandy made history as the first Black Cinderella in the 1997 classic, but fans are having a meal to celebrate the big anniversary. this important. According to reports, Brandy, along with the rest of the ‘Cinderella’ cast, will reunite for an upcoming ABC special.
@Variety reports, on August 23rd ABC news program ’20/20′ will air a very special number 25order The special celebration celebrates the 1997 history-making film ‘Cinderella’, starring Brandy as the first Black woman to portray the iconic role. In addition to Brandy, other actors scheduled to appear in the special include Whoopi Goldberg, Jason Alexander, Bernadette Peters and Paolo Montalban. There will also be a special tribute to the late Whitney Houston, who played the Fairy Godmother. Following the special, ABC will air ‘Cinderella’ on the network for the first time in 20 years.
The ’20/20′ special will also include behind-the-scenes footage of Whitney Houston and interviews with the film’s producer and costume designer. Highlighting the film’s groundbreaking diverse cast, several celebrities will talk about the impact ‘Cinderella’ has had on them and Hollywood, such as Billy Porter, Jade Jones and Todrick Hall.
Speaking about the upcoming special event, Imogen Lloyd Webber, Senior Vice President at Concord Theatricals, said, “We are thrilled to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the landmark incarnation of ‘Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella’. being held on its native network. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s unforgettable score is truly timeless – still enchanting listeners 80 years after they began their collaboration and 65 years since their ‘Cinderella’ first attracted the largest audience in history television history. “
When it aired in 1997, ‘Cinderella’ was a ratings success with an estimated 60 million viewers during its original broadcast. Upon its release, the updated version of the iconic fairy tale quickly became considered a classic. Last year, ‘Cinderella’ was introduced to a new generation after it was released to stream on Disney+ during Black History Month, after Brandy publicly asked Disney to bring it to the platform.