Keke Palmer to play Broadway's first black 'Cinderella'

Posted: August 06, 2014

TATTLE sure hopes that Keke Palmer has a thick skin because if the commenters on Philly.com, Google, Yahoo and virtually every other website in which anonymous trolls can spew vitriol are an indication, she's going to be dealing with a lot of insults and will soon be responsible for the problems at our southern border and in the Mideast.

On Sept. 9, actress and BET talk-show host Keke will step into the title role in "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella," becoming the first African-American to play the part on Broadway. ( Brandy played Cinderella in a 1997 TV movie opposite Whitney Houston.)

"It's honestly one of those things that I can't believe is really happening," Palmer, 21, told the Associated Press. "I'm very excited. Very excited and nervous as well - a bunch of feelings all at once."

Not enough pressure? This will be her professional stage debut.

Palmer is stepping into the glass slippers worn by Tony-nominated Laura Osnes, "Call Me Maybe" pop star Carly Rae Jepsen and now Paige Faure, who launches a national tour this fall.

"She acts beautifully, she dances, she sings - she's an amazing young woman," Tony Award-winning producer Robyn Goodman said. "I think she's going to be just so lovely."

News of the 1 percent

Like so much else in the world, Tattle is often about money - the insane amounts of money that fuel the world of celebrity.

While some high-earners are worth every penny and some are worth not even a penny, celebritydom makes it especially complicated because if you star in a movie that earns a billion dollars, who's to say how much of that billion you deserve?

Sure, teachers, firemen, police and Tattle columnists deserve to be paid more, relative to someone who makes sitcom episodes, but this is the world we live in. When the love lives of teachers, firemen, police and Tattle columnists are on the cover of supermarket magazines and they have their own E! reality series, things will change.

This brings us to the three main stars of "The Big Bang Theory." According to People, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki have agreed on new, three-year deals that will pay them "Friends" money.

$1 million.

Per episode.

With 20-plus episodes per year, soon it's real money.

Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar - who play Howard Wolowitz and Raj Koothrappali - are still negotiating and will probably be forced to settle for a smaller sum. Fortunately, there's a lot of room between minimum wage and whatever they agree to.

"I would be lying if I said I couldn't do Penny with my eyes closed," Cuoco told Entertainment Weekly in 2012, when she was making only a few hundred grand per episode. "It's such second nature to me now. But if I ever do get those moments of, 'God, this feels the same,' I just read those articles about how much money I make and think, 'You know, it's not so repetitive anymore!' "

* Speaking of money, "Gravity" star Sandra Bullock made an estimated $51 million between June 2013 and June 2014, according to Forbes.com, and was the highest-paid actress of the year.

No. 2 on the list is "Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence ($34 million), which explains why she's always so happy. Amazingly, Jennifer Aniston ($31 million) was next on the list because "We're the Millers" performed better than expected and she took home a lot of the profit.

Gwyneth Paltrow ($19 million) was fourth ("Iron Man"?), which explains how she can afford the overpriced stuff she touts on her website. Last year's No. 1, Angelina Jolie, tied at No. 5 with Cameron Diaz ($18 million).

Rounding out the Top 10: Scarlett Johansson ($17 million), Amy Adams ($13 million), Natalie Portman ($13 million) and Kristen Stewart ($12 million).

The Top 10 actresses made a little more than half of what the Top 10 actors got paid.

* Part-time Rhode Islander Taylor Swift, who's also topped a money list in her time, made a surprise visit to Boston Children's Hospital, where she sang to 6-year-old superfan Jordan Lee Nickerson.

Jordan, per "Jordan's Brave Page" on Facebook, was diagnosed with Williams syndrome when he was 9 months old and diagnosed with leukemia last month.

We're sure there are stories of Taylor big-timing people or acting like a spoiled brat, and she sure stinks at picking boyfriends - she is, after all, human - but she does come across as a good egg.

TATTBIT

* Nickelodeon said yesterday that it has ordered 13 episodes of a "School of Rock" series from Paramount Television, and it will premiere next spring. The 2003 movie starred Jack Black as a slacker/rocker/loser who poses as a substitute teacher at a tony prep school.

Richard Linklater, the movie's director, and producer Scott Rudin will be executive producers. No cast members have been set, but producers are going to be hard-pressed to find kids as good as the ones in the movie.

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.


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