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  1. I really enjoyed listening to your analysis of Cinderella, especially when you pointed out the parallels between the isolation and belittlement Cinderella felt within her family and the discrimination and struggles Black women face in America every day. Even using the same story, diverse casting can change how we perceive the narrative in really interesting ways and help make it relatable to wider audiences. You also mentioned the presence of not only Black main characters in Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as the Fairy Godmother, but also the diversity of the ensemble. In a fairy tale world that has historically been presented as very white, making sure that all parts of the setting highlight people of color was powerful, and adds to its relevance and relatability in the modern day.

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  2. I thought you guys did a great job analyzing Rogers and Hammerstien’s Cinderella (1997). I thought you guys made a great connection between Cinderella’s discrimination within her family and the parallel it has toward black culture and discrimination. I agreed with everything you guys said and I thought you guys had strong evidence to back up your analysis. I think you make a great point of how an Asian lead role in the ’90s added to not only the future of Asian actors in musicals but also added a new feel to the legacy and story of Cinderella. Great job!

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  3. I think you two do a really good job in breaking down Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Your specific thoughts about Cinderella being an African American woman as the lead and her embodying what it means to be a black woman on such a huge stage was really great. I think you two also did great in speaking about the black experience by relating cinderella’s struggles within her own family, facing trials and tribulations, to how black people see similar discrimination day in and day out. All in all this was a great way to explain the cultural relevance of this production outside of just the fact of Cinderella being black. Great Work!

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  4. This was a great podcast! I enjoyed hearing both of you discuss your reactions and analysis of Cinderella and the connections you made between this version and the original Disney version. Your thoughts of appreciation for not just having black cast members but a black woman lead is a great reminder of why this version of Cinderella is so important and its use of the musical stage to represent the black experience in a way that deserves more attention. Your understanding of Cinderella’s identity and the struggles she faced within her family was very interesting and relevant to modern times. I liked how you used different examples and scenes from the musical was a great addition to your analysis and helped to ground the listener in the well-constructed critique you both were able to offer.

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