African-American Talk-Show Host to Make History as Broadway's Newest Cinderella

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Producers of Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella announced Aug. 4 that actress, talk-show host and recording artist Keke Palmer will make her Broadway debut in the show's title role beginning Sept. 9, making history as the first African-American Cinderella on Broadway.

Keke Palmer
Keke Palmer

Actors Equity honored Cinderella, presented by lead producers Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman and Stephen Kocis, with their award "Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway" in 2013.

Producer Goodman said in a statement, "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."

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."

At age 21, Palmer is also the youngest actress to portray Cinderella on Broadway. Her talkshow "Just Keke" premiered in June on BET and covers topics ranging from pop culture and social issues to relationships, fashion and celebrity interviews.

Her credits also include "Animal," Showtime's "Masters of Sex," Lifetime's "The Trip to Bountiful," "Akeelah and the Bee," "Ice Age: Continental Drift," "Joyful Noise," "Shrink," "The Longshots," "The Cleaner," Nickelodeon's "True Jackson, VP," "90210," "Cold Case," "Law & Order: SVU," "ER," the DirecTV miniseries "Full Circle" and Lifetime's TLC biopic "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story." Now in its second year on Broadway and celebrating its 600th performance Aug. 9, Cinderella currently features Paige Faure as Cinderella, Joe Carroll as Prince Topher, Nancy Opel as Madame, Victoria Clark as the Fairy Godmother, Ann Harada as stepsister Charlotte, Stephanie Gibson as stepsister Gabrielle, Peter Bartlett as Sebastian, Prince Topher's mentor and Lord Chancellor, Todd Buonopane as the rebel Jean-Michel and Phumzile Sojola as Lord Pinkleton.

Cinderella has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, a new book by Douglas Carter Beane and original book by Hammerstein II. The musical is directed by Mark Brokaw, with choreography by Josh Rhodes, music adaptation, supervision and arrangements by David Chase and orchestrations by Danny Troob. Constantine Kitsopoulos is currently music director and conductor.

Cinderella is produced by Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman, Stephen Kocis, Edward Walson, Venetian Glass Productions, The Araca Group, Luigi Caiola & Rose Caiola, Roy Furman, Walt Grossman, Peter May/Sanford Robertson, Glass Slipper Productions/Eric Schmidt, Ted Liebowitz/James Spry, Blanket Fort Productions and is produced in association with Center Theatre Group. Charles Salameno is associate producer.


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