It's shaping up to be a banner year for diversity on Broadway. According to Entertainment Weekly, Keke Palmer will be Broadway's first black Cinderella, joining the production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella at New York's Broadway Theater starting September 9. "It's honestly one of those things that I can't believe is really happening," Palmer told the AP. "I'm very excited. Very excited and nervous as well — a bunch of feelings all at once. The 21 year-old actress will be the next princess of Broadway, stepping into the title role and glass slippers of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella on September 9.
Keke also paid homage to another African-American woman who donned Cinderella's glass slippers before her: Pop singer Brandy, who starred as the titular princess in a 1997 TV movie alongside Whitney Houston as the fairy godmother. "I feel like the reason I'm able to do this is definitely because Brandy did it on TV," she added, calling Brandy one of her heroes. "In me doing this, it shows everybody that everything is possible." Every girl's dream is that story, so to be able to play [Cinderella] is going to be a dream come true for me. Not to mention that Stuart Weitzman made the glass slippers I'll be wearing."