Sherri Shepherd turns wicked for Cinderella's stepmom role
Sherri Shepherd is setting comedy aside to become one wicked lady as she takes on the Broadway role of Cinderella's evil stepmother.
Landing her first Broadway play, Shepherd was picked for the mean role of the iconic stepmom part in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. The comedian announced the news Aug. 5 on her current daytime talk show The View, which she quit and will leave later this month.
Shepherd will join Keke Palmer, who has been already cast in the title role of the musical play.
"I'm sooooo excited to be doing broadway for the first time, as Cinderella!!" Palmer tweeted after getting the part. "DREAMS DO COME TRUE!!"
Palmer is taking over the leading role from the current actress, Cindy Paige Faure, and will join the cast along with Shepherd on Sept. 9, Aceshowbiz.com reported.
This will be Shepherd's first Broadway role, but the actress has starred in several regular television shows, including Everybody Loves Raymond, where she played Sergeant Judy, and Less than Perfect. She also recently guest-starred in the last season of How I Met Your Mother.
Shepherd has also made current headlines regarding an ongoing battle between her and estranged husband, Lamar Sally, for a baby carried by a surrogate mother. The 30 Rock alum and Sally separated and are now fighting for custody of a child that was conceived through a surrogate for the couple.
On the same day Shepherd announced she was awarded the role in Cinderella, the surrogate mom gave birth to a baby boy. However, nothing was mentioned by her on The View regarding the complicated situation.