There will be a new princess slipping into the glass slippers for Cinderella this fall. Keke Palmer will make her Broadway debut on September 7.
Palmer’s big-screen credits include 2006’s Akeelah and the Bee as well as Barbershop 2 and Joyful Noise. She can currently be seen on Showtime’s critical hit Masters of Sex. The 20-year-old also hosts her own show on BET, Just Keke, and has released two albums, So Uncool in 2007 and Keke Palmer in 2012.
Palmer’s casting as Cinderella makes her the first African-American actress to play the role on Broadway. Many Broadway shows have aimed for cast diversity in recent seasons, including Norm Lewis, who in May became the first African-American actor to lead The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, and Mexican actress Bianca Marroquin, who stars as Roxie Hart in Chicago. (Read more about Stars Who Broke Barriers on Broadway.)
Paige Faure will play lead role in Cinderella as scheduled through September 7. Faure will then star in the touring version of the show, which kicks off October 10 in Providence, RI.