The cast of Cinderella bowed out alongside former star Sherri Shepherd.
It was a sad day for fans of Broadway's most extraordinary rendition of Rodgers + Hammerstein's 'Cinderella', as the show finally bowed out in its final curtain call on Sunday. Actors looked tearful as they neared the end the previous night (January 3rd 2015).
The cast of Broadway's Cinderella (Credit: Mike Coppola at Getty Images Entertainment)
The Tony award winning musical saw 'Joyful Noise' actress Keke Palmer in the role of Ella; a stunning choice, and she became the first ever black actress to land the role when she signed on for it in 2014. The show marks her debut in theatre and she certainly looked the part as she showed off her huge white princess dress on stage, her eyes brimming with tears as Cinderella finally lands the future of her dreams.
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Keke Palmer and Sherri Shepherd happily pose for photos with fans and sign autographs for those waiting outside the stage door of a Broadway theatre where they have been performing a new version of the popular fairytale 'Cinderella'. Keke plays the titular princess while Sherri is her evil stepmother, though both displayed a largely happier relationship off-stage.
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Former 'The View' co-host Sherri Shepherd was spotted signing autographs outside a Broadway theatre in New York, during her run of a new 'Cinderella' show in which she plays the eponymous character's wicked stepmother. She stars alongside Keke Palmer, who was named the very first black woman to play the popular fairytale princess on Broadway.
Sherri Shepherd's Vero Cuoio boots - Photo call for the upcoming cast change at Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella at the Broadway Theatre. - New York, New York, United States - Wednesday 3rd September 2014
The 47 year-old TV personality will play the evil stepmother in the Broadway production.
It seems Sherri Shepherd will not be out of work for long, once she has left her co-hosting duties on 'The View,' the 47 year-old comedienne will be headed to the stage to make her Broadway debut in 'Cinderella.'
Shepherd will play the evil stepmother in the Broadway play
On Tuesday's episode of the ABC daytime talk-show, the departing host announced that she will be starring as Madame, the evil stepmother in Roger and Hammerstein's version of 'Cinderella,' with showings scheduled to begin on September 9th.
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Despite the criticism, O'Donnell also has some very powerful supporters.
Since the first mention of Rosie O’Donnell for one of the free chairs on The View next season, controversy has raged. Not because of O’Donnell’s presence, ethical or political beliefs, mind you, or at least not directly. Mostly, it was based on O’Donnell’s minor disagreement with former co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, which led Hasselbeck to publicly slam O’Donnell on her return announcement. Hasselbeck that O’Donnell “spit in the face of our military” and “the face of her own network”. Since then, O’Donnell has found a supporter in the face of Sherri Shepherd, who is leaving The View next season and most recently, in fellow comedian, actress and host, Jenny McCarthy.
McCarthy voiced her enthusiastic endorsement this week.
McCarthy had some particularly kind words for her colleague and felt that The View would benefit from the new addition.
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O’Donnell is Finally some good news from The View! Meet your new/returning panelist, Rosie O’Donnell. Well, to be fair, you’re probably familiar with the comedienne and author’s no-nonsense style and biting humor. O’Donnell co-hosted the View from 2006 to 2007 and her liberal views often clashed with her more conservative co-host, making for some of the liveliest discussion the show has seen in its history.
O'Donnell will make her long-term comeback to The View this coming fall season.
“The worst kept secret ever is Rosie is returning to the show — it’s definitely happening!” a source tells HollywoodLife.com. “ABC wants to make the big announcement of her return during the TCAs along with the other new members of the cast.”
The former co-host of the talk show was initially "shocked" by her close friend's decision to walk away from the position she has had since 2007.
Elizabeth Hasselbeck, who co-hosted the daytime program from 2003 until 2013, was also "shocked, in some ways," at her former colleague's departure.
The 37 year-old TV personality spoke of Shepherd's sudden career move while hosting 'Fox & Friends' on Friday morning (June 27th), and explained, "you know, I'm sure, even though you think that might happen someday, I'm sure it would come across to be a shock."
Elisabeth Hasselbeck is "shocked" at the news of her former co-host Sherri Shepherd's departure from ABC's 'The View'.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who left ABC's The Viewlast year, told her Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy that she is "shocked" at the news of Sherri Shepherd's departure from the morning talk show, as US Weekly reports.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck left The View last year.
The 37-year-old discussed her former The View co-host's departures on Friday (27th June) during Fox & Friends. Of Shepherd's departure from the show after seven years, Hasselbeck said "I was shocked, in some ways."
The two stars confirmed their departures from the daytime talk show via Twitter, leaving Whoop Goldberg as the only host left.
Whoopi Goldberg is now the only host 'The View' has.
ABC Officials announced on Thursday night (June 26th) that the daytime talk show is going through a huge transitional period. "The View will be moving in an exciting new direction next season and ABC has made decisions to evolve the show creatively," the television network's statement read.
Shepherd has been a host on 'The View' since 2007