Weeks ago, Keke Palmer made history, becoming the first African-American actress to star as Cinderella on Broadway.
Sherri Shepherd joins Palmer as the first black woman to play Cinderella’s wicked stepmother, Madame, in the Roger’s and Hammerstein production.
Palmer and Shepherd have been flooded with messages of support on their social media platforms, but during an interview with Chris Witherspoon for MSNBC.com, the ladies revealed how they have handled skeptics and naysayers of their groundbreaking roles.
“I see the [negative comments] on Instagram and stuff like that, and I expected it because I am a film and TV actress. I had never done anything in the Broadway realm or in the theater realm at all,” Palmer said. “I know a lot of people were thinking, ‘She didn’t really audition for it, or she just was given the role.’ But I really did audition for it. I had to learn the lines, the music, I had to dance in that audition room… I worked my behind off.”
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