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Keke Palmer Cast as Broadway’s First Black Cinderella

Another history marker has been placed next to the name Keke Palmer, who, at 20-years-old, became the youngest talk show host ever with her new show on BET Just Keke. We’ve watched the talented singer/actress/talk show host grow up on our movie and television screens in films such as  Akeelah and the Bee and Madea’s Family Reunion, as well as the TV sitcom True Jackson, VP. Well now Palmer will put all her chops to the greatest test. Her first Broadway gig.

On September 9th, shortly after her 21st birthday (August 26th) Palmer will grace the Broadway stage in her Broadway debut as Cinderella in the musical of the same name. It’s been buzzing in the theatre air that this was something that might happen and we here at BroadwayBlack are really happy the rumors are true. We should have known this was coming ever since Palmer portrayed Thelma in the Lifetime film A Trip To Bountiful, filmed after the hit Broadway show, with Cicely Tyson &  Vanessa Williams reprising their roles. Palmer has also been easing her way into the music scene more and more having released an album, and a few mixtapes, but also portraying R&B girl group member Chilli of T.L.C. fame in the VH1 networks film.



Making the trip to Broadway shouldn’t be such a big jump for her at all, with her proven skill-set and amazing work ethic, she’s sure to bring it. We’re excited to see her achieve more and go higher in this venture. Hopefully she’ll love it enough to do more Broadway and we’ll love her enough to want her to return. Now just so you’re aware, this isn’t your traditional CinderellaThis Cinderella features a completely re-imagined book by Douglas Carter Beane and additional Rodgers and Hammerstein songs originally composed for other musicals.

Watch Keke Palmer and Broadway star Jeremy Jordan share a song and a moment in the movie Joyful Noise. Leaves no doubt that she can sing. What do you think?

**Photo credit: DeWayne Rogers

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Drew Shade is a theatre artist and enthusiast who fosters artistic diversity and excellence for the love of Black theatre artists. He is the Founder/Creative Director of Broadway Black, Off-Book Podcast & The Antonyo Awards. “Have a belief in yourself that is bigger than anyone’s disbelief.” – August Wilson


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