Broadway News Round-Up: Cinderella's New Stars, Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, and More

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In case you've been out of the Broadway loop lately, here's what you may have missed:

Cinderella's New Stars

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella will make history this fall when it casts the first black Cinderella on Broadway. Actress, singer, and talk show host Keke Palmer will replace the show's current lead, Paige Faure. Palmer has started in films such as "Akeelah and the Bee" and "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story." Palmer will be joined by Sherri Shepherd; both assume their roles on Sept. 9.

Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II

If you loved Helen Mirren's depiction of Queen Elizabeth II in the 2006 film "The Queen", you're in luck. Mirren will be bringing the play, The Audience, to the Great White Way. The Audience debuted in London's West End, with sold-out performances during its six-month stint. The rest of the cast has not yet been announced.

'Aladdin' Pays Tribute to Robin Williams

The cast of Aladdin joined the world mourned the death of entertainer, comedian, and actor Robin Williams. Williams was the voice in the Disney's "Aladdin"; he played Genie. Last night, James Monroe Iglehart, who currently plays Genie in Aladdin on Broadway, led a tribute to Williams when he got the entire audience at New Amsterdam Theatre to join him in a short rendition of Genie's signature song, "Friend Like Me." Watch the clip here.

Lady Day Extends

After opening at The Circle in the Square on April 13, 2014, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill has seen nothing but success. The show, starring Broadway veteran Audra McDonald, has continuously been extended for a longer run. Most recently, it was confirmed that Lady Day would run through the third week of September. Now, Lady Day is slated to end Oct. 5.

Cabaret's New Leading Lady

Actress Michelle Williams has been playing Sally Bowles in Cabaret — but it's possible Emma Stone may take over the role come November! Nothing's been finalized just yet.

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