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Cinderella Makes History in Casting Broadway's First African-American Cinderella

Talk-show host Keke Palmer will join the musical at the Broadway Theatre.

Keke Palmer will make her stage debut in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella at the Broadway Theatre.

Actress, talk-show host, and recording artist Keke Palmer will make her Broadway debut on September 9 in the title role of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, producers Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman, and Stephen Kocis have announced. At 21 years old, Palmer becomes the youngest actress to take on the role and the first African-American to play the part on Broadway.

Palmer makes her professional stage debut with the production. Her many screen credits include The Trip to Bountiful, Masters of Sex, Joyful Noise, and her own talk show, Just Keke.

With a new book by Douglas Carter Beane and the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein score, Cinderella plays the Broadway Theatre, where it officially opened on March 3, 2013. In addition to receiving a Tony nomination for Best Revival, the production, directed by Mark Brokaw, was honored with Actors' Equity's annual "Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway" award.

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