Keke Palmer is Broadway’s First Black Cinderella

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Keke Palmer is set to make theater history as the first African-American star to portray Cinderella on the Broadway stage.

The Just Keke host will make her debut on the Great White Way starting September 9th, when she takes over from current actress Paige Faure to tackle the lead role in the hit Rodgers & Hammerstein musical.

Palmer has been in front of the camera since she was a little girl, playing
in films such as Barbershop 2, Akeelah and the Bee, Madea’s Family Reunion and even having her own Nickelodeon tv show, True Jackson VP, which ran from 2008-2011.

Her singing credits include her 2007 CD entitled “So Uncool” and her self-titled 2012 EP.

The 20-year-old won’t be the first celebrity to step into Cinderella’s shoes on Broadway – pop star Carly Rae Jepsen led the cast in a limited 12-week run earlier this year, alongside Fran Drescher as her evil stepmother.

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