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Keke Palmer is Broadway's first black Cinderella

By Breeanna Hare, CNN
updated 2:41 PM EDT, Tue August 5, 2014
Keke Palmer has come far since her debut in
Keke Palmer has come far since her debut in "Barbershop 2."
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Keke Palmer will make her Broadway debut as Cinderella
  • She's the first African-American actress to play the part on Broadway
  • Sherri Shepherd will be her co-star
  • Palmer's performances launch September 9

(CNN) -- Keke Palmer's newest role is making history.

The 20-year-old actress and singer will make her Broadway debut as Cinderella in an upcoming production of "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella." Palmer is the first African-American actress to wear those glass slippers on the Great White Way.

"I'm sooooo excited to be doing broadway for the first time, as Cinderella!! DREAMS DO COME TRUE!!" Palmer tweeted Monday.

The young star has been working since she was a kid in both movies and TV. She debuted in 2004's "Barbershop 2: Back in Business" and then went on to star in 2006's "Akeelah and the Bee," followed by the release of an album, "So Uncool," in 2007.

After leading the Nickelodeon series "True Jackson, VP," from 2008 to 2011, Palmer moved on to more adult roles. She made an appearance on Showtime's "Masters of Sex" and nabbed a lead part in 2012's "Joyful Noise," in which she acted alongside Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah.

This summer, she also earned the title of youngest talk show host in TV history with the debut of her BET program "Just Keke."

When Palmer kicks off performances on September 9 in "Cinderella," she'll be joined by former "The View" co-host Sherri Shepherd, who's making her own Broadway debut as Cinderella's wicked stepmother.

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