Keke Palmer is making history left and right. Last month the 21-year-old became the youngest talk show host ever with BET’s Just Keke and now she is breaking down barriers by becoming the first African-American to star as Cinderella on Broadway.
Palmer is set to fill the glass slippers of Tony nominee, Laura Osnes, who originated the role in 2013 and take the place of current Cinderella, Paige Faure, who will be leading the show’s national tour this fall. Keke is not the first African-American to hold the role of Cinderella on a large platform, in 1997 singer Brandy held the role alongside Whitney Houston in an ABC TV movie.
The Masters of Sex star took to Instagram after the announcement that she had gotten the part and posted the following screen grab:
“UNDERSTAND ME WHEN I SAY THIS: You can do anything you want to do! Your life is your life & your belief in YOU will make it all it can be! Don’t stop at anything, spread LOVE & allow God to guide you, bless you all! Let your light shine my angels!” she captioned the picture.
Keke will make her debut as Cinderella, September 9th.
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