This is something I did not see coming. When Nene Leakes and Sherri Shepherd were both rumored to be up for the same part in the Broadway production of Cinderella, the initial rumors were they were angling for the part of the fairy godmother. In that story, to me the most important point was that Nene was so butthurt over comments made by Wendy Williams she was finger-painting “Wendell” on pocket books with nail polish.
As it turns out, both Sherri Shepherd and Nene Leakes have gotten the part of Cinderella’s mother to be played across from Keke Palmer. Cinderella has been on Broadway since January of 2013 with a predominantly white cast. That will all change next Tuesday when Sherri Shepherd and Keke Palmer take over the roles of on September 9th. Shepherd will be the first African-American woman to play the evil stepmother on Broadway. She will play the role through November 22. Nene Leakes will take on the role on November 25th presumably playing the role until the curtain falls for the last time January 3, 2015.
Despite how we may feel about Nene, there is no knocking her landing a major role on Broadway. It’s a major accomplishment that she should be proud of. It could not come at a better time for her since she is being phased out of RHOA beginning with this upcoming season filming now.
Sherri Shepherd also really needed this gig as she recently was let go from The View.
For me, a Broadway gig, trumps both The View and RHOA. Here’s hoping for a successful run for both of them. It’s a grueling schedule.