Keke Palmer, the first African-American actress to play Cinderella on Broadway, became the first African-American actress to star in Grease with the Fox TV live telecast of the classic musical.
Palmer opened up about the significance of her role as Marty Maraschino in an Instagram post Sunday night after the live telecast:
#InTears #flyKeke #fly @kekepalmer ・・・ I feel as if I have waited my entire life for a moment like this. Tonight, I get the opportunity to introduce the Live production of Grease. The 2016 version .. What does that mean? Too many things to express honestly. But one, that really spurs the heart ... There has never been an African American in Grease and while I hate that that's something to be pointed out, it is! My little brother and sister think differently growing up seeing me do something like this! They will not know it to be any other way in their 14yrs of living! That is REAL! When @4everBrandy played Cinderella, I was able to believe that I could play her on Broadway! And even if you are not an African American, you will be the first at whatever YOUR dreams are because they are yours. So whether you are an African American, or a female or whatever, if you can not relate to ANYONE in our show at face value. Relate to the fact that this is the first time anything like this has been done and it's only being done because we all believed! That is the KEY🔑.. We are a group of people no more special than you that just believed in what we are doing. And tonight we get the gift and the blessing of sharing that belief with YOU 😭😭😭😭😭😭. THAT IS WHAT IT IS ABOUT! And I know sometimes when things get tough it's hard to believe that your perspective can really change it, but it can! This is the proof of what happens when you believe. When YOU believe you change the world, you change the YOUniverse. So, (we) the kids, let's take this and run with it and create even more out of it! #HistoricalTypeVibes #GreaseLive #LoveIsReal #FateIsReal #YourDreamsAreReal