Keke Palmer WIll Play First Black Cinderella on Broadway

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    Michael Buckner
    Keke Palmer will be Broadway's newest Cinderella starting Sept. 9.

    Keke Palmer has had a varied career for a 20-year-old.

    On the big screen, the actress has lead films such as “Akeelah and the Bee” and “Joyful Noise.” On TV, she’s known for roles on “True Jackson, VP,” “Masters of Sex” and “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.” She’s also a recording artist (2007’s “So Uncool”). And a daytime talk show host (BET’s “Just Keke”).

    This September, she’ll add something else to her resume: Broadway star.

    Palmer will be making her Broadway debut, stepping into Cinderella’s glass slippers in “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella.” The role was originated on stage by Tony nominee Laura Osnes, and has also been played by “Call Me Maybe”-singer Carly Rae Jepsen.

    She'll be joined in the production by Sherri Shepherd, the actress and comedian who is leaving "The View" after seven-years as a co-host. Shepherd will play Cinederella's evil stepmother. It will also be her Broadway debut. 

    Palmer will be the youngest Cinderella on Broadway yet -- an honor she should be familiar with, as she’s also the youngest talk show host ever.

    “Dreams do come true!,” an enthusiastic Palmer tweeted of the news.

    Palmer will also make history as the first black woman to play the role on the Great White Way -- though she won’t be the first black Cinderella ever. A 1997 ABC TV movie version of the musical featured recording artist Brandy in the role (with Whitney Houston as the Fairy Godmother).

    Palmer’s run as the classic princess begins Sept. 9.