Anyone have an extra pair of glass slippers?
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway has found its new star: Keke Palmer will take over the title role beginning Sept. 9. Palmer can currently be seen on Showtime’s Masters of Sex, and previously appeared in projects such as the Disney Channel Original Movie Jump In! and the 2008 Nickelodeon show True Jackson, VP, for which she also performed the theme song. Other credits include Lifetime’s TLC biopic CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, and the film Joyful Noise. Most recently, she hosted the talk show Just Keke on BET. Her albums include the 2007 CD So Uncool and a self-titled 2012 EP.
“Theater offers so much more than I haven’t been able to access doing film and TV and everything like that,” Palmer told the Associated Press. “I’m very excited to learn all that it has to offer — that focus and that dedication to perform at a certain level every night.”
Palmer, who is the first African-American actress to portray Cinderella on Broadway, will succeed Paige Faure in the role. Earlier this year, Carly Rae Jepsen played the title role, which was originated by Tony nominee Laura Osnes when the show first premiered in 2013.