The 20-year-old Palmer is scheduled to begin her run in the musical starting Sept. 9. Other actresses who have played Cinderella in the current revival at the Broadway Theatre include Laura Osnes and singer Carly Rae Jepsen.
Palmer's first big screen role was as the title character in the 2006 movie "Akeelah and the Bee." She has since appeared in a number of movies and TV shows, including her
Also making theater history is actor Norm Lewis, who is the first black actor to play the title role of "The Phantom of the Opera" on Broadway. Lewis joined the cast of the long-running musical earlier this year.
While Palmer will be the first black actress to play Cinderella on Broadway, pop star