taking over the title role as Cinderella. Producers Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman and Stephen Kocis announced this morning who would be taking over the role and it is none other than actress, talk show host, and recording artist Keke Palmer.
Palmer will make her Broadway debut on September 9th. At just 21 years old, Palmer has become the youngest actress to portray the role of Cinderella and the first African American actress to play the role on Broadway.
Producer Robyn Goodman said:
We are excited to have this multi-talented young actress/singer join our happy Cinderella family. She grew up in the Chicago acting community and definitely has musical theatre in her blood.
Ms. Palmer added:
I have an infinite amount of gratitude to show, I am thankful to be able to do this and excited for the discipline it will bring.
Palmer will be the first African-American actress to play the role on stage, but she is not the first African-American to play the role. In 1997, R&B singer Brandy was cast in a film adaption of Cinderella which also starred Whitney Houston, Victor Garber, Whoopi Goldberg and others.
I wonder if Brandy will give Keke some tips on how to handle living with an evil stepmother?
This will also be Palmer’s stage debut, but her many film and television credits include Joyful Noise, Jump In, Masters of Sex, True Jackson VP, Law and Order SVU, Ice Age, Cold Case, 90210 and her recently developed talk show Just Keke.
Cinderella plays 8 shows a week at The Broadway Theater, where it officially opened on March 3, 2013. Cinderella received a Tony nomination for best revival at the 2013 Tony Awards.
Will you be buying tickets to see Keke as Cinderella?