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.
This exciting news comes just over a month after Shepherd, along with Jenny McCarthy, made the shock decision to leave 'The View', which she has been a permanent co-host since September 2007, due to issues with negotiating a new contract.
"I've been here seven years, and my time with 'The View' is complete," Shepherd said at the time. "I'm going to forever be grateful to Barbara Walters and (producer) Bill Geddie for taking a chance on an actress and making me learn things, helping me step out of my comfort zone. They gave me a chance."
The actress, who has had roles in '30 Rock' and 'Everybody Loves Raymond,' will be the first African American woman to star as the evil stepmother, while her new cast-mate Keke Palmer will also be the first African-American actress to portray 'Cinderella' on Broadway.
Palmer said in reaction to her casting "theater offers so much more than I haven't been able to access doing film and TV and everything like that, I'm very excited to learn all that it has to offer - that focus and that dedication to perform at a certain level every night."
Shepherd has also landed a role opposite Kevin Hart and Ice Cube in the upcoming comedy 'Ride Along 2.'