Brandy Reunites with Her Cinderella Prince Charming
At a recent event, Brandy reunited with her Cinderella1997 costar, Paolo Montalban. Walt Disney Television produced the film, but it wasn’t an adaptation of their animated classic. It was instead a modernization and adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical of 1957. It starred Brandy as Cinderella and featured pop icon Whitney Houston as Fairy Godmother, Bernadette Petes as the Wicked stepmother, Whoopi Goldberg playing the Queen, Jason Alexander as Lionel, the Prince’s valet. Cinderella was first streamed on Disney+ in January.
Montalban played the role of Cinderella’s love interest in the film, Prince Christopher. The Filipino-American actor reprised the role in 2005 and appeared on Broadway in classic shows such as The King and I. He also starred in Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones_. The actor was named one of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in 1998. This list also included Erykah Badu, Leonardo DiCaprio, and, unsurprisingly, Tony Blair, the U.K. prime minister.
Montalban reconnected with Brandy, his ex-princess, at the Second Stage Theater on Sunday. Debra Martin Chase, the theater’s executive producer, was honored at its annual gala. This occasioned their reuniting. Paolo Montalban posted a series of photos and clips of the evening on his Instagram. One clip shows Chase exclaiming about how “beautiful” he and Brandy were. The caption highlights the incredible accomplishments of the producer, which include being the “first African-American female producer to sign a deal with a major studio.” See the full post below.
Cinderella received 7 Emmy Awards nominations the year it was released. However, the film’s impact on audiences around the world has been lasting throughout its existence. It is well-respected for its inclusion of a Black woman as the lead and its diverse cast. However, it is also a beloved adaptation of the Cinderella fairy story and Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Many outlets have voted it as one of the best Cinderella adaptions.
Brandy has always loved her involvement with the project. They were even turning into Cinderella in a TikTok video. Cinderella meant a lot for Montalban. It was wonderful that Brandy and he were able once again to celebrate the film that brought them together and the woman who made it possible.
The timeless fairy tale Cinderella has a new live-action version thanks to Sony and Amazon Studios. Camila Cabello plays the title character. This is an important development as it is not a Disney movie. The popularity of movies based on fairy tales and led by women continues to grow. While Disney is a major player in this area, it’s not the only studio that has made these stories come to life. Cinderella is a live-action musical adaptation of Charles Perrault’s story.
Cinderella is the story of the title character. She lives with her stepmother and stepsisters after her father’s death. Cinderella must perform many chores and activities. However, when the royal family holds a ball to find a bride, Cinderella is invited by the fairy godmother. She gives her a dress and glass slippers and a carriage, but she must return home before midnight. The Disney animated 1950 movie has made Cinderella’s story well-known. However, the studio’s Cinderella in 2021 is more relevant.
Written and directed by Kay Cannon, Cinderella is based on Perrault’s story with some modern twists. Camila Cabello stars as Cinderella in her first acting role. Given her musical career, it’s logical to have her star in a musical. Cinderella gave the title princess a new purpose, as she plans to open her shop called “Dresses By Ella.” It also changed several characters, including the fairy godmother, who Billy Porter now plays. Cabello’s portrayal of Cinderella is a significant change and a step toward a more inclusive movie industry. What makes her role even more relevant is the fact that she isn’t doing it for Disney.
It’s easy for Disney to forget that it doesn’t own rights to the fairy tales used in its films, despite their immense influence on the entertainment industry. They are all available to everyone. Any other studio could adapt them, but most have avoided them because of the Disney shadow. Camila Cabello, a Latina born in Havana (Cuba), is now the first Latina to portray a princess in a fairytale as large as. This Cinderella movie is a step in the right direction. It shows that other studios are capable of making fairy tale movies as large as Disney’s. They also have more flexibility to cast diverse actors and adapt the characters accordingly. While Disney has earned its place in entertainment, it has also dominated fairy tales. Having a Latina lead actor, Cinderella gives more iconic roles to actors from other countries and shows other studios that they can create their versions.