Keke Palmer will be the first African American woman to play the role of "Cinderella" on Broadway's stage musical, CBS News is reporting today. The 20-year old Black Hollywood star is eager to play the role: "I’m sooooo excited to be doing Broadway for the first time, as Cinderella!! DREAMS DO COME TRUE!!," stated Keke Palmer on her Facebook page.
The first "Cinderella" broadcast aired in the 1950's, and the Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" Broadway musical debuted in 2013, according to the Washington Post. But, this year will mark the first time that an African American woman will represent Cinderella. The idea of a Black Cinderella was also brought to the screen in the ABC movie entitled "Cinderella" starring Whitney Houston and Brandy Norwood. That movie, which was directed by Robert Iscove and based on the book by Oscar Hammerstein also stars Bernadette Peters and Veanne Cox. The Black Cinderella movie debuted for the first time on television on Sunday, November 02, 1997, and continues to be a favorite among African American children who are able to see themselves in the character.
It is good that such a universal figure like Cinderella is portrayed by a Black actress in movies and now on Broadway. According to Pretty Brown Girl's director Sheri Crawley, it is important for Black or African American girls to receive messages that empower and inspire them. Pretty Brown Girls, which celebrates all shades of brown --- including Latinos, Indians and Asians --- reinforces that message everyday on their website and Facebook pages.
Keke Palmer's role as the first Black Cinderella no doubt will offer a powerful message to girls of all girls of different cultures and backgrounds. Keke Palmer has gained a lot of attention in the last few years with her impressive acting skills. She represents the new Black Hollywood that members of the African American community have been longing for.
Some of Keke Palmer's other movies include her 2013 movie "CrazySexyCool" based on the rise of the1990's all-girl group TLC, and the 2012 Lifetime movie "Abducted: The Carlina White Story," based on the true story of a baby who was abducted and reunited with her mother more than 20 years later. Keke Palmer's Cinderella stage premier is scheduled for September 9, according to Broadway.com.