A Whole New "Ball" Game: Keke Palmer and Sherri Shepherd Make Historic Broadway Debuts in Cinderella

By Karu F. Daniels
25 Aug 2014

Sherri Shepherd

"What makes me most nervous is probably learning that whole body of work and performing it every night," the "Akeelah and the Bee" star shared. "Once I do it, it will be done, but I'm a little bit nervous in making sure I can memorize all the lines. It's never been a problem for me before, but again I never had to memorize a whole script.

"That's probably one of the things that I am nervous about," she continued. "Everything else I think is okay because I like to move a lot. I don't know if I'm ADD — that wouldn't be hard to believe — but the staging and stuff like that, that would be fun for me. But memorization is probably the main thing that I'm thinking about. "

A renowned stand-up comic and former sitcom star herself, Shepherd is a little more concerned about starring in a Broadway musical and singing professionally. "I never have," she confessed. "This is a first for me. Being on Broadway has always been a dream of mine, so this is a dream come true, but I'm really nervous. I'm scared, I'm excited, I'm thrilled. It's a myriad of feelings going through my body right now."

Shepherd joked that being at the roundtable of the ABC gabfest for so many years and mastering the term "No, let me finish talking" gives her a little comfort in playing the evil stepmother, which was previously played by another notable TV personality, Fran Drescher (of "The Nanny").

"I learned how to fit in at 'The View,' and I will apply it to the evil stepmother role," she added. "It will be fun because I'm a team player and there will be other cast members on that stage, and since I already learned to gel very quickly with folks that I don't know, this is really going to be easy to jump into."

Shepherd revealed she was originally approached to take on the role after Drescher finished her six-month stint but time constraints prohibited her from accepting the offer then. "It was just not feasible. I didn't think that I could give it everything that it needed to be given.


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