Jenny Anderson/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Keke Palmer made history when the curtain opened earlier this week in the Broadway production of Cinderella. The Akeelah and the Bee star became the first African-American to play the titular character on the Great White Way.
“It feels really awesome. I guess I feel an overwhelming feeling of gratitude,” the actress told ABC News Radio.
Palmer, who’s also making her Broadway debut, explained what she’s most looking forward to in the role.
“I naturally have always had that feeling of wanting to bring joy to people. Always! Whether it’s with jokes, being silly, any type of anything. I love people. I love expression,” she explained. “And so I think that’s going to be the best part for me — being able to perform out there in front of all those people and getting that immediate feedback.”
Palmer is currently starring alongside former View co-host Sherri Shepherd, who’s portraying Madame, the evil stepmother in this version of Cinderella. Nene Leakes will take over Shepherd’s role Nov. 25 until Jan. 3. Palmer’s run in the title role also ends January 3.
“I love the message in our story of Cinderella because it reminds people that it’s all about you,” Palmer says of the show. “Your reality is what’s relative to you. If you want your reality to be bigger, better, more positive that’s what you have to be in order to make it happen.”
Cinderella is now playing in New York City’s Broadway Theatre.
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