Keke Palmer To Play First Black Cinderella On Broadway

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8-4-2014 3-47-26 PM

It’s a fairytale come true for Keke Palmer!

The 21-year-old actress will become the first African-American to play the title role in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella on the Great White Way.

“Theater offers so much more that I haven’t been able to access doing film and TV,” she said. “I’ve very excited to learn all that it has to offer – that focus and that dedication to perform at a certain level every night.”

The traditional fairytale has been revamped by Douglas Carter Beane to be more modern for a new generation.

Palmer currently stars in her own BET talk show Just Keke, where she frankly speaks on social issues, shared experiences and concerns in an unbiased and nonjudgmental platform. She hopes to encourage her audience to critically think about different topics and to generate thoughtful discussions.

Palmer will be making her professional debut in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella starting Sept. 8 at the Broadway Theatre. Until then, she is excited to begin Cinderella rehearsals in New York City… even if it happens to interfere with her 21st birthday later this month.

But no worries, there are far worse ways to bring in a birthday than playing a princess in a fairytale – what do you think?

(Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for BET)