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‘Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella’ Set A TV Ratings Record In 1997

Whitney Houston as the Fairy Godmother in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

On November 2, 1997 The Wonderful World of Disney’s Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella aired on ABC-TV in the U.S. The production (starring and executive produced by Whitney with Craig Zadan, Neil Meron and others) earned ABC its highest Sunday night rating in 10 years as it had more than 60 million viewers. Whitney appeared as the Fairy Godmother alongside a racially diverse cast that included Brandy as Cinderella and Whoopi Goldberg as the Queen. The special received several Emmy Award nominations, winning one for Outstanding Art Direction in a Variety, Musical or Comedy Special. Watch Whitney and Brandy’s Entertainment Tonight interview here.

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