The ABC remake of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical will be a fairy tale for the '90s

Poof! Who needs a prince when you’ve got gowns like these? Here’s an early peek at Brandy (far right) and Whitney Houston all gussied up to play Cinderella and her fairy godmother in ABC’s remake of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical (Nov. 2), costarring Jason Alexander and Whoopi Goldberg. ”We’ve modernized the characters’ motivations,” says exec producer Craig Zadan. So look for a prince (Paolo Montalban) who loves Cindy for her beauty and her mind. Also updated: a score that has Houston belting out ”There’s Music in You.” But it’s still a rags-to-riches story: The $12 million budget makes it among the richest TV movies ever. Says Zadan: ”It wasn’t like we could use sparklers for fairy dust. This is the ’90s.”

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (TV Movie - 1997)
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