Keke Palmer and Sherri Shepherd join CINDERELLA on Broadway

Producers of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella recently announced that actress, talk-show host and recording artist Keke Palmer will make her Broadway debut in the show's title role beginning September 9th, making history as the first African-American Cinderella on Broadway. Palmer will be joined by Emmy Award winner Sherri Shepherd in the role of Cinderella's wicked stepmother, Madame. Shepherd, who departs "The View" on August 8th after serving as co-host for eight years, will begin performances on September 9th alongside Palmer.

At age 21, Palmer is the youngest actress to portray Cinderella on Broadway. Her talk-show "Just Keke" premiered in June on BET and covers topics ranging from pop culture and social issues to relationships, fashion and celebrity interviews.

Her credits also include "Animal," Showtime's "Masters of Sex," Lifetime's "The Trip to Bountiful," "Akeelah and the Bee," "Ice Age: Continental Drift," "Joyful Noise," "Shrink," "The Longshots," "The Cleaner," Nickelodeon's "True Jackson, VP," "90210," "Cold Case," "Law & Order: SVU," "ER," the DirecTV miniseries "Full Circle" and Lifetime's TLC biopic "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story."

Producer Robyn Goodman said in a statement, "We are excited to have this multi-talented young actress/singer join our happy Cinderella family. She grew up in the Chicago acting community and definitely has musical theatre in her blood."

Palmer added, "I have an infinite amount of gratitude to show, I am thankful to be able to do this and excited for the discipline it will bring."

In August 2009, Sherri Shepherd was a part of groundbreaking history when the hosts of “The View” won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host. That same year, Sherri and the co-hosts were chosen as part of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” by Time magazine while Forbes ranked “The View” hosts #11 among the top “30 of the Most Influential Women in Media.”  Ms. Shepherd will conclude 7 years as a co-host of “The View" this Friday, August 8th.

Shepherd is also known for her work as Angie Jordan on "30 Rock," as well as her Lifetime series "Sherri." Her screen work also includes "How I Met Your Mother," "Dancing with the Stars," "Less Than Perfect," "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Abducted," "Precious" and "Beauty Shop." Shepard was also seen in the Off-Broadway run of Love, Loss and What I Wore.

Actors Equity recently honored CINDERELLA, presented by lead producers Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman and Stephen Kocis, with their award "Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway" in 2013.

Now in its second year on Broadway and celebrating its 600th performance this Saturday August 9th, CINDERELLA continues to play to large and enthusiastic audiences at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway). 

CINDERELLA has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, a new book by Douglas Carter Beane and original book by Oscar Hammerstein II. The musical is directed by Mark Brokaw. Josh Rhodes is choreographer. Music adaptation, supervision and arrangements are by David Chase. Orchestrations are by Danny Troob. Constantine Kitsopoulos is currently music director and conductor.

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