ABC to Air Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella Reunion

ABC is airing a particular celebration in honor of the 1997 Disney basic “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella.” On Aug. 11, the community confirmed {that a} twenty fifth anniversary bundle titled “Cinderella: The Reunion, a Particular Version of 20/20” will premiere on Aug. 23 throughout Disney Princess Week. “25 years in the past, tv historical past was made,” the community tweeted.

The one-hour TV particular will reunite beloved forged members Brandy, Whoopi Goldberg, Paolo Montalbán, Victor Garber, Bernadette Peters, Jason Alexander, and Veanne Cox. Deadline reported that it’s going to additionally embody new interviews with “stars who share a connection to the challenge,” together with Billy Porter, Jade Jones, and choreographer Todrick Corridor, in addition to behind-the-scenes footage of the late Whitney Houston — who starred within the movie as Cinderella’s fairy godmother. Houston died on Feb. 11, 2012. Natalie Desselle, one of many unique “Cinderella” forged members, died on Dec. 7, 2020, following a battle with colon most cancers. At the moment, it is unclear how the ABC particular will honor her reminiscence.

The live-action “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” marked a pivotal second in tv historical past, because it launched Brandy as Disney’s first-ever Black princess and Houston as the primary Black fairy godmother. “I did not actually perceive how revolutionary this was going to be, how massive of an influence it was going to be,” Brandy informed Vulture in 2021. “I knew that it was particular, however I did not actually understand how particular. . . . It impressed me. It was as if I wasn’t even watching me as Cinderella.”

In line with Variety, the TV adaptation debuted on ABC on Nov. 2, 1997 to over 60 million viewers. The film delivered iconic tracks like “In My Personal Little Nook,” “A Pretty Evening,” and “Not possible.” “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” discovered its approach again to the small display in February 2021 when it was launched on Disney+. The movie will as soon as once more air on ABC in the course of the twenty fifth anniversary programming.

Tune into ABC’s “20/20” particular for “Cinderella” on Aug. 23 at 8 p.m. ET, and stream it the next day on Hulu.

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