Someone get a crown for Keke Palmer because she’s going to be a princess!
The BET chat host has just signed to play Cinderella on Broadway, according to The Hollywood Reporter! She’ll be stepping into the famous glass slippers starting September 9 in “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” at the Broadway Theatre.
“Theater offers so much more than I haven’t been able to access doing film and TV and everything like that,” Keke told the Associated Press. “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.”
This is huge news because this gig makes Keke the first black woman ever to play Cinderella on Broadway. This is the second time that she’s made history in one year. She became the youngest talk show host ever when her show “Just Keke” debuted in June! She’s taking over the role from Paige Faure, who succeeded “Call Me Maybe” singer Carly Rae Jepsen.
Producers behind Cinderella can’t wait to start working with Keke because they anticipate that she’ll bring some really special to the role. She’s already got the major talents needed to shine on The Great White Way. “She acts beautifully, she dances, she sings — she’s an amazing young woman,” Tony Award-winning producer Robyn Goodman told the AP. “I think she’s going to be just so lovely.”
Keke found out about her new gig last week, and by Friday she still hadn’t quite wrapped her mind around the fact that she’s getting ready to make history. “I don’t really celebrate,” she confessed to VanityFair.com. “And besides, I still don’t believe it is real!”
Well, Keke better wake up because this news is very real and very exciting! She’ll be the latest famous black woman to play a princess on Broadway!
Back in 1998 Toni Braxton played Belle in the stage adaptation of Disney’s “Beauty & The Beast.” She later played Aida on in Disney’s Broadway adaptation of the opera. Later that year, “Say Yes” singer Michelle Williams took on the role of Aida. That’s the only Disney musical that wasn’t derived from an existing film, but I’m really hoping that the Mouse House will bring it to the silver screen in the near future!
There’s no word on how long Keke’s engagement will be or what this will mean for production on “Just Keke,” but Cinderella is sure to be one of the hottest tickets in town when she starts!
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"