Keke Palmer is Broadway’s First Black Cinderella
Vanity Fair has the crucial details…
This afternoon it was announced that Keke Palmer, the actress and singer who made television history earlier this year by becoming the youngest-ever talk-show host, will make her Broadway debut as Cinderella in an adaptation of the Tony-winning musical this September. The news means that, at 20 years old, the Illinois-born entertainer has claimed another historic milestone this year, by being cast as the first ever African-American Cinderella on Broadway.
The Associated Press spoke to producer Robyn Goodman about race…
The producers of “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” have always been colorblind about casting the show, which Actors Equity honored for excellence in diversity on Broadway last year.
“We’ve always just cast the best people for the parts. Sometimes they’re African-American, sometimes they’re Latino, sometimes Asian-American,” Goodman said. “It’s wonderful when it works out and we’ve finally found our Cinderella.”