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Actress, singer Keke Palmer is Broadway's first African-American 'Cinderella'

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Actress, singer Keke Palmer is Broadway's first African-American 'Cinderella'

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Aug 5, 2014

Broadway has announced the first African-American to star in the the role of  "Cinderella" in "Rodger & Hammerstein's Cinderella." Twenty-year-old actress and singer Keke Palmer will take over the role in the musical at the Broadway Theatre beginning Sept. 9.

Palmer is currently the youngest talk show host in television history with her own show, "Just Keke," on the BET network. 

Although Broadway is new for her, Palmer already has extensive acting and music credentials. "She debuted in 2004's 'Barbershop 2: Back in Business' and then went on to star in 2006's 'Akeelah and the Bee,' followed by the release of an album, 'So Uncool,' in 2007," CNN reports. "After leading the Nickelodeon series 'True Jackson, VP,' from 2008 to 2011, Palmer moved on to more adult roles. She made an appearance on Showtime's 'Masters of Sex' and nabbed a lead part in 2012's 'Joyful Noise,' in which she acted alongside Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah."

In related news, "The View" co-host Sherri Shepherd will make her own Broadway debut in the show in the role of Cinderella's wicked stepmother, alongside Palmer. She also begins her role Sept. 9. Shepherd ends her run as co-host of "The View" on Friday. Her previous acting experience includes a recurring role as Tracy Morgan's wife Angie Jordan, on "30 Rock." She also also appeard in the films "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire," "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" and "Guess Who."

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Julianne Cassidy is a newly Nashville-based entertainment journalist from Philadelphia.