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Keke Palmer to Become Broadway’s First Black Cinderella

The ”Akeelah and the Bee“ star will put on the tiara in September

KeKe Palmer already has a talk show on BET and a few movies in production, but that’s not stopping her from setting her sights on Broadway too.

Palmer is slated to star in “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” beginning on Sept. 9. This marks her Broadway debut, and makes her the first African-American woman to ever portray Cinderella on Broadway.

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“I have an infinite amount of gratitude to show,” Palmer said in a statement  given to TheWrap. “I am thankful to be able to do this and excited for the discipline it will bring.”

She’ll take the reins — or the tiara and glass slippers, if you will — from current star Paige Faure. Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen also took a 12-week turn as Cinderella earlier this year.

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Palmer’s most prominent starring role to date was in 2006’s “Akeelah and the Bee.” But as TheWrap previously reported the 20-year-old actress has had television successes, too. Palmer starred in the Nickelodeon series “True Jackson, VP,” and will also be starring in the upcoming second season of Showtime’s “Masters of Sex.”

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Though Palmer becomes the first African-America play Cinderella on Broadway, Brandy famously portrayed the would-be princess in the 1997 movie “Cinderella.”

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