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Sherri Shepherd announces she is joining Broadway’s ‘Cinderella’

Sherri Shepherd attends Wendy Williams 50th birthday celebration at Out Hotel on July 17, 2014 in New York City.
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Just a day after Keke Palmer was announced as the first African-American Cinderella on Broadway, Sherri Shepherd announced on the Aug. 5 episode of “The View” that she has been cast as the wicked stepmother in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical version of the classic tale.

Shepherd made headlines after announcing her departure from the Emmy-winning daytime talk show, ending her seven-year stint as co-host. She was already feeling the role when she made her announcement. Shepherd pullout out a pair of glass slippers in revealing her Broadway debut. Like Palmer, Shepherd will also be the first African-American actress cast in the role on Broadway. Brandy Norwood and the late Whitney Houston played the respective roles in the 1997 TV version.

In making the announcement, Shepherd said, “I have some really exciting news because you know how I always so go towards the things that really scare you the most. So I am so nervous and excited to announce my Broadway debut in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘Cinderella.’ I am playing Madame, the evil stepmother to Cinderella.”

Although this will be Shepherd’s first acting role on Broadway, she has been getting her feet wet on television and film. She has made appearances on “How I Met Your Mother,” and “30 Rock,” and has roles in the upcoming films “Ride Along 2” and “Top Five.” She has also showed off her dancing skills as a contestant on “Dancing with the Start.”

The announcement comes after rumors of Sherri Shepherd being up for the role along with “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes. A source familiar with the situation told back in July “both ladies really want the role, and have already auditioned to land the role as Cinderella’s fairy godmother.” It appears Shepherd won the role over the “Glee” actress. Shepherd and Palmer will take the stage for the first time on September 9.

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