Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella stars Brandy and Paolo Montalban reunite for sweet moment

They starred together in the 1997 icon television movie Rodgers  & Hammerstein’s Cinderella.

And on Monday night, Paolo Montalban reunited with Brandy at the Second Stage Annual Gala in New York City.

The stars, who played Cinderella and Prince Christopher in the project, also posed with the film’s executive producer Debra Martin Chase while backstage at the event.

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Second Stage honored Debra and playwright Lynn Nottage during the event.

So sweet: Paolo Montalban reunited with Brandy at the Second Stage Annual Gala in New York City. The stars, who played Cinderella and Prince Christopher in the project, also posed with the film’s executive producer Debra Martin Chase while backstage at the event

Brandy, 42, and Paolo, 48, grinned as he filmed them embracing alongside Cinderella EP Debra backstage at the event that honored Debra and her achievements in the film industry.

Paolo opened the clip with: ‘And we are here to celebrate Debra Martin Chase.’

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Debra said: ‘It’s been 25 years… and they were like 17 and how old 20? And now they’re like adults and they look amazing and they’re so lovely and most importantly, they’re such lovely people. Like my heart. I’m so proud of both of you. 

‘Really. I’m proud of you as human beings. And you look amazing. I’m just saying.’

They starred together in the 1997 icon television movie Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella; seen in a 1997 promo still

Catching up: The stars, who played Cinderella and Prince Christopher in the project, also posed with the film’s executive producer Debra Martin Chase while backstage at the event

Happy: Second Stage honored Debra and playwright Lynn Nottage during the event

Brandy added: ‘We are super proud of you.’ 

Paolo also posted a snap with Brandy and Debra, joined by fellow attendee Jordin Sparks; Jordin worked with Debra on the 2012 film Sparkle.

Paolo wrote a touching note about Debra in the caption of his Instagram slideshow: ‘Story time with Prince Christopher Chapter 8… @debramchase brings a whole new meaning to “A Lovely Night”.

Strike a pose: Paolo also posted a snap with Brandy and Debra, joined by fellow attendee Jordin Sparks; Jordin worked with Debra on the 2012 film Sparkle

From the heart: Paolo wrote a touching note about Debra in the caption of his Instagram slideshow

Adding: ‘Debra is one of our beloved executive producers of @cinderellamusical. She is also the first African-American female producer to have a deal at a major studio. A real trailblazer. And earlier this week at their annual gala, @2stnyc honored her, along with two-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright @lynnnottage.’ 

In addition to Cinderella, Debra produced The Princess Diaries and The Sisterhood of the Traveling pants franchises as well as Harriet and Courage Under Fire. 

Cinderella was originally released on November 2, 1997 on ABC network, produced by Walt Disney Television.

Anything is possible! Cinderella was originally released on November 2, 1997 on ABC network, produced by Walt Disney Television

The made for TV movie was directed by Robert Iscove, written by Robert L. Freedman and based on the Charles Perrault’s French fairy tale.

The diverse cast included Brandy, Whoopi, Whitney Houston, Jason Alexander, Veanne Cox, Natalie Desselle Reid, Paolo, Bernadette Peters and Victor Garber.

The movie is the second Rodgers and Hammerstein’s remake- with the original airing in 1957 on TV with Julie Andrews as the star; The original animated Disney film arrived in 1950.

iconic: The diverse cast included Brandy, Whoopi, Whitney Houston, Jason Alexander, Veanne Cox, Natalie Desselle Reid, Paolo, Bernadette Peters and Victor Garber; seen in a 1997 promo still with Whitney Houston; Whitney died February 2012

The late Whitney Houston played Fairy Godmother in the film and also served as a co-producer.

Whitney had originally approached the producers of TV musical adaptation Gypsy (which aired in 1993 ) about making a remake of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella but the development was delayed for several years.

Brandy became the first black actress to portray Cinderella on screen; the diverse casting was a choice made by the producers to reflect how society evolved in the nineties.

The film, originally met with lukewarm reviews, became ABC’s most-watch TV musical in decades with the network’s highest Sunday ratings in 10 years.

Making history: Brandy became the first black actress to portray Cinderella on screen; the diverse casting was a choice made by the producers to reflect how society evolved in the nineties

Cinderella: The film, originally met with lukewarm reviews, became ABC’s most-watch TV musical in decades with the network’s highest Sunday ratings in 10 years

More than 60 million people tuned in to watch the iconic film as well as their original music, which included Impossible, In My Own Little Corner, Ten Minutes Ago, A Lovely Night and Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?’

The film garnered seven Emmy Nominations the following year and won Best Art Direction for a variety or music program.

Fans of the iconic movie have been waiting for the film’s release on Disney+, since the inception of the streaming service in November 2019; it was finally released to Disney+ in February 2021.

Cast: More than 60 million people tuned in to watch the iconic film as well as their original music, which included Impossible, In My Own Little Corner, Ten Minutes Ago, A Lovely Night and Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?’ pictured: Brandy, Paolo, Whoopi Goldberg and Victor Garber