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Keke Palmer is Broadway’s first black Cinderella

Keke Palmer is Broadway’s first black Cinderella

Actress, recording artist and talk show host Keke Palmer will play the starring role in the Broadway revival of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. According to many news sources, the 20- year-old star is making theatre history as the first black actress to be cast as Cinderella on Broadway.

Palmer made her acting debut in the 2006 film Akeelah and the Bee and has since then amassed numerous film and TV credits. Most recently, she starred opposite Vanessa Williams, Blair Underwood and Cicely Tyson in the Lifetime movie
_The Trip _to Bountiful (Center Theatre Group is presenting at the stage production at the Ahmanson Theatre in the fall).  

Palmer also made TV history earlier this year as the youngest person to host her own talk show. Similarly, she is the youngest person to play Cinderella on Broadway.

Cinderella’s producer Robyn Goodman attests to Palmer’s ability to play the role, saying that Keke “grew up in the Chicago acting community and definitely has musical theatre in her blood.”

Center Theatre Group will present Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Ahmanson Theatre from March 15 through April 26, 2015.