- By KEN WERTHER
- Photo By KERRY BROWN/AMAZON
Imagine, if you will, the story of Cinderella, starring pop music sensation Camila Cabello in the title role. Add Billy Porter as her Fairy Godmother (yes, you read that right). Sprinkle in a few other stars including James Corden as a rat … are you ready? Amazon Prime Video has a surprise for you! Said writer/director Kay Cannon, “While so many elements of the classic Cinderella tale are timeless, I really wanted to reach a new generation through contemporary touches on many of the aspects that felt outdated. The opportunity to turn some of those classic tropes on their heads was exciting to me, and I couldn’t wait to retell this in a way that’s more relatable to what girls, including my almost-eight-year-old daughter, and young women are going through today. Our Cinderella is not just some pretty face waiting to be saved by a prince. She’s vocal, active, fearless and witty; she has dreams and craves independence.”
I was able to sneak a peek at the opening, and let me just say, well … we’re talking a huge dance number set to Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation!” Along with Cabello, Porter, and Corden, the cast includes Idina Menzel (Wicked, Rent), Minnie Driver, Nicholas Galitzine, Pierce Brosnan, Maddie Baillio, Charlotte Spencer, and John Mullaney. This Cinderella looks like one charming, whimsical, wild musical ride. And Billy Porter as the Fairy Godmother. I thought that was worth mentioning twice!
Streaming on Amazon Prime Video, click here.