Keke Palmer is conquering many first in her young career! She just kicked off as host of a talk show for young adults called Just Keke, making her the youngest talk show host in history. Now, she’ll be breaking new barriers when she portray Cinderella for Roger and Hammerstein’s production as the first black actress to do so on Broadway!
One of Palmer’s inspirations, Brandy, filled that role in the 1997 TV special co-starring Whitney Houston. It was a dream come true for Brady to be working with her musical idol, and now Palmer feels the same…a passing of torches.
In an interview with Associated Press, Palmer explains, “It’s honestly one of those things that I can’t believe is really happening….I feel like the reason I’m able to do this is definitely because Brandy did it on TV. In me doing this, it shows everybody that everything is possible. Every girl’s dream is that story so to be able to play is going to be a dream come true for me. Not to mention that Stuart Weitzman made the glass slippers I’ll be wearing.”
Actress-comedian Sherri Shepherd has been cast to play the wicked stepmother. Her tenure on Broadway begins on September 9 at the Broadway Theatre.
Keke is definitely a great role model! Congrats, girl!