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Keke Palmer to be Broadway's 1st black Cinderella

NEW YORK -- Like many girls, actress and singer Keke Palmer grew up dreaming of meeting a prince who would whisk her away to a life of love and happiness. In her case, it's going to happen -- eight shows a week on Broadway.

Palmer said she'll be stepping into the title role in "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella" starting Sept. 9 at the Broadway Theatre. She will become the first African-American to play the part on the Great White Way.

Palmer, 21, will be making her professional stage debut.

She has appeared in the films "Barbershop 2: Back in Business" and "Akeelah and the Bee," has a BET talk show, "Just Keke," and been on TV in Nickelodeon's "True Jackson, VP" and Showtime's "Masters of Sex." Her albums include the 2007 CD ``So Uncool'' and a self-titled 2012 EP.

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