Keke Palmer To Play First Black Cinderella On Broadway

Keke Palmer

After becoming the youngest talk show host with BET’s “#JUSTKeke,” Keke Palmer adds yet another first to her résumé.

The 21-year-old actress will become the first African-American to fill the glass slippers of Cinderella on Broadway in “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella.”

“It’s honestly one of those things that I can’t believe is really happening,” said Palmer in a press release. “Theater offers so much more than I haven’t been able to access doing film and TV and everything like that. I’m excited to learn all that it has to offer — that focus and that dedication to perform at a certain level every night.”

Keke will also pay homage to Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1997 made-for-TV production, starring singers Brandy and the late Whitney Houston. “I feel like the reason I’m able to do this is definitely because Brandy did it on TV,” she said.

She makes her Broadway debut on Sept. 9 at the Broadway Theatre.

Sherri Shepherd used one of her final episodes as a co-host of “The View” today to announce that she will star as the wicked Stepmother.

article by Kristin Corry via Vibe.com (with additions by Lori Lakin Hutcherson)

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