Actress Keke Palmer Makes History Again! To Play First Black Cinderella On Broadway


Apparently, being the youngest person in television history to host her own talk show wasn’t enough. Actress Keke Palmer will be making history yet again when she takes the Broadway stage in the title role of “Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella.” Palmer, the first black actress to play the role on Broadway, will don the glass slippers, crafted by designer Stuart Weitzman, September. 9th 2014.

“I’m sooooo excited to be doing broadway for the first time, as Cinderella!! DREAMS DO COME TRUE!!” Palmer tweeted Monday.

“She acts beautifully, she dances, she sings — she’s an amazing young woman,” producer Robyn Goodman told the Associated Press. “I think she’s going to be just so lovely.”

It won’t be the first time we’ve seen a multicultural “Cinderella” — singer Brandy played the title role in a cast that included Whoopi Goldberg, Whitney Houston, Victor Garber and Bernadette Peters in a 1997 television movie, but it will be the first time on the Great White Way.

“I feel like the reason I’m able to do this is definitely because Brandy did it on TV,” Palmer told AP. “In me doing this, it shows everybody that everything is possible.”

Palmer’s Cinderella news follows the historic casting of Norm Lewis in “The Phantom of the Opera.” Lewis is the first black man to play the phantom on Broadway.


Credit: Washington Post


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