Brandy announced the news Thursday afternoon on The View.
During the press run for B7, her first album in eight years, Brandy said she had “no idea” why her cult classic 1997 Cinderella remake hadn’t been added to streaming services. “I absolutely don’t have any insight into that,” she said. “It should be on there…just because it’s Whitney Houston.” On Thursday afternoon, Brandy joined The View to break the news that 24 years after its premiere, the movie is coming to Disney Plus. Stream the full interview below.
“It is definitely possible,” she told her old co-star Whoopi Goldberg. “I appreciate the fans because Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella–I can say now–is premiering on Disney Plus on Friday, February 12.”
The movie originally premiered during ABC’s “The Wonderful World of Disney” special on November 2, 1997. Over 60 million viewers took part in the event, which earned seven Emmy nominations, taking one home for Art Direction for a variety or musical program. Produced on a $12 million budget, the project ranks highly among the most expensive television films ever made.
“I’m so excited,” she continued, “we can celebrate and share and inspire a whole new generation to see this wonderful piece.”
The movie also featured Natalie Desselle, Jason Alexander and a bevy of original songs delivered by two of the most iconic voices in music. The film’s choreographer Rob Marshall went on to direct Chicago, Into the Woods, and Mary Poppins Returns.
“I am absolutely thrilled that our Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella will finally be available on Disney Plus!” the film’s producer Debra Martin Chase told Variety in a statement. “As the service got up and running, I became inundated on my social media by inquiries from fans asking why the movie was not included in its programming.”
Stream Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Disney Plus on February 12.