Monday, August 4, 2014

KeKe Palmer cast as Broadway's 1st Black Cinderella...

Definitely would like to take my mini to see this! KeKe Palmer is so classy and respectful...This is how you pay homage to those who've come before you, by acknowledging them. Awesome job KeKe. Congrats! By the way, what took you so long Broadway?


It's shaping up to be a banner year for diversity on Broadway. In addition to casting the first black Phantom of the Opera, it was announced today that that Keke Palmer will be Broadway's first black Cinderella, joining the production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella at New York's Broadway Theater starting September 9th. "It's honestly one of those things that I can't believe is really happening," Palmer told the AP. "I'm very excited. Very excited and nervous as well — a bunch of feelings all at once."

She also paid homage to another African American woman who donned Cinderella's glass slippers before her: Pop singer Brandy, who starred as the titular princess in a 1997 TV movie alongside Whitney Houston as the fairy godmother. "I feel like the reason I'm able to do this is definitely because Brandy did it on TV," she added, calling Brandy one of her heroes. "In me doing this, it shows everybody that everything is possible."

This marks Palmer's professional stage debut, but the 21-year-old has has a pretty impressive resume: She put out a series of singles and mixtapes as well as her own studio album (2007's So Uncool), had her own talk show Just Keke on BET, starred in movies including Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Akeelah and the Bee and VH1's TV movie CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story and most recently guested on Masters of Sex as Coral, the Masters's new nanny.

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