Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “Cinderella”

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A new song for Whitney

Of all the songs featured in this 1997 rendition, my favorite, by far, is the last number, “There’s Music in You.” The song was something like a new one, the first new Rodgers and Hammerstein song since The Sound of Music. The word “new” is used loosely here. It’s actually a composite of several songs.According to the New York Times, the producers wanted to find a song to end the movie off with a bang. But it proved to be a bit challenging. Ultimately they chose “There’s Music in You” from an obscure film called Main Street to Broadway. But the song needed a bridge to build up to a climax and showcase Whitney’s range and ability. So they took a snippet from a song called “One Foot, Other Foot” from Allegro, an underperforming Rodgers and Hammerstein movie, and put it in the middle. The song, as one producer noted, sounded very much like Rodgers and Hammerstein but also like a new Whitney Houston record. And of course it ended the movie perfectly, with a little bit of inspiration for us all.

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