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First Black Cinderella: Keke Palmer Cast in Groundbreaking Role for African-Americans on Broadway

First Posted: Aug 05, 2014 06:03 PM EDT
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Keke Palmer is making history as Broadway's first African American Cinderella.

Just recently, the 20-year-old actress also made history as the youngest television talk show host with her show on BET, "Just Keke."

While discussing her Broadway achievement with Vanity Fair, Palmer admitted that she has not yet celebrated her Broadway achievement and she is still in disbelief about her upcoming role.

"I don't really celebrate," Palmer told Vanity Fair on Friday. "And besides, I still don't believe it is real!"

The Associated Press reports, Palmer's performance as Cinderella will begin on Sept. 9 at the Broadway Theater. She will replace Cindy Paige Faure, who currently plays Cinderella on Broadway and will later play the role on tour. 

Carly Rae Jepsen is another celebrity who played the coveted role on Broadway, ending her run in June of this year.

Like Jepsen, Palmer is making her Broadway debut as Cinderella. 

Prior to theater, Palmer has appeared in numerous film and TV shows such as "Akeelah and the Bee," Nickelodeon's "True Jackson, VP," and the most recent VH1 biopic film, "Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC story."

Although she has no experience in theater, Palmer revealed that she looks forward to learning more about the art form and honing in on her theatrical skills.

"Theater offers so much more than I haven't been able to access doing film and TV and everything like that," she said. "I'm very excited to learn all that it has to offer -- that focus and that dedication to perform at a certain level every night," she told The Associated Press.

Cinderella's Tony-award winning producer Robyn Goodman is equally as excited for Palmer's stage debut.

"She acts beautifully, she dances, she sings -- she's an amazing young woman," Goodman gushed. "I think she's going to be just so lovely."

Palmer credits her theatrical achievement to R&B singer Brandy, who also made history for being the first African American actress to play Cinderella on film.

Brandy appeared in the 1997 TV-movie version of Cinderella alongside the late Whitney Houston, who took on the role of the Fairy godmother.

"I feel like the reason I'm able to do this is definitely because Brandy did it on TV," Palmer said. "In me doing this, it shows everybody that everything is possible."

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