After months of fighting for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella to be part of streaming options on Disney+, the classic film will be available on on the streaminig service beginning Feb. 12.
Brandy, who starred as Cinderella in the 1997 film, told Variety that it’s the perfect time.
“I feel like it’s divine timing,” Brandy said. “This is the month of love; this is a month of Black history. This is just the perfect time for this product to be shared with everyone.”
“I don’t think it’ll hit all the way home until it’s actually out there, and I can feel the energy of everybody feeling it and connecting to it,” Brandy continued. “I’m really excited because I feel like this new generation hasn’t seen anything quite like this version of ‘Cinderella.’”
The wait for the film to be available on the app was a process. Producer Debra Martin Chase began working on a plan to get the film available after seeing social media requests.
Luckily for Chase, she soon learned that Disney had already begun the process of working out the rights with the Rodgers & Hammerstein estate to make the film available. She remained in contact with the appropriate people for nearly a year regarding the status.
In January, Chase received an email that the process was finalized.
Cinderella premiered on ABC in November 1997. The reception was magical, airing to nearly 60 million viewers. It became the most-watched television musical in decades, with ABC receiving its highest Sunday-night ratings in 10 years.