Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella

DIRECTOR: Robert Iscove

Admission-free screening!

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella turns the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale on its head. Cinderella, a teen girl working as a live-in servant for her cruel stepmother and evil stepsisters, wants nothing more than to run away from the family that mistreats her. With a little help from her fairy godmother, a magical pumpkin carriage, and a strategically placed glass slipper, Cinderella is able to attain the freedom she’s desired all her life. This film features an impressive array of accomplished actors: starring “The Queen of Broadway” Bernadette Peters as the wickedly fabulous and shrewd Stepmother; Whoopi Goldberg (The Color Purple) as the effortlessly regal Queen Constantina; Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) as Lionel, the over-worked royal assistant; Brandy (Moesha) as the ever-honest and kind Cinderella; and, of course, the late legendary diva Whitney Houston as the wise and powerful Fairy Godmother with the voice to match.

Packed with gorgeous costumes and vibrant sets, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella features stunning musical numbers you can’t help but sing along to. (You will always remember the words to Brandy and Whitney Houston’s “Impossible/It’s Possible” duet, won’t you?) Brandy’s iconic portrayal of Cinderella carved out another path of possibility for Black actresses and showed Black girls coming of age in the ’90s that they too can be at the center of a fairy tale.

— Taylor Hodges

Co-presented by:
Our Family Coalition

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