Two big stars are headed to the Great White Way!
Keke Palmer has signed on to play Cinderella in the Rodgers & Hammerstein production bearing the same name. The 22-year-old singer/actress will be the first African-American to portray the title character in the stage show.
Outgoing “The View” host Sherri Shepherd will also star in the musical. Shepherd will join the show as Palmer’s character’s evil stepmother, Madame, the first African-American to play that role as well.
Both entertainers will make their debut in “Cinderella” on September 9 and star in the production until December.
Palmer recently hosted a four week test run of a talk show titled “Just Keke” for BET. The actress, who played Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas in VH1’s hit biopic “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story,” also has a recurring role on the second season of Showtime’s “Masters of Sex.”
Shepherd, who recently signed on to appear in “Ride Along 2” alongside Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, is also co-starring with Chris Rock, Hart and J.B. Smoove in the comedy film “Top Five” that will premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).