The New York Times reports that Raven Symoné, former child star, will join the cast of Sister Act. Symoné will begin her run as Deloris Van Cartier, an aspiring disco singer who finds refuge in a convent after witnessing a crime, on March 27 at the Broadway Theatre. She will replace Tony-nominated Patina Miller, who will leave the role on March 18.
Raven-Symoné garnered her stardom on the hit television series “The Cosby Show” and, later, the sitcom “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper.” More recently she starred in “That’s So Raven” and “State of Georgia.” Now 26, Raven-Symoné will make her Broadway debut in Sister Act. She has also recorded several albums and appeared in the Disney Channel movies “The Cheeta Girls” and “The Cheeta Girls 2.”
Sister Act, which currently stars Carolee Carmelloo, Fred Applagete, Sarah Bolt, John Treacy Eagan, Demon Green, Chester Gregory, Kingley Leggs, Marla Mindelle, Audrie Neenan and Caesar Samayoa, is based on the 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg. It feature music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater and a book by Douglas Cater Bean and Cheri and Bill Steinkellner. It is directed by Jerry Zaks. The show opened on April 27, 2011.
Though Sister Act earned five Tony Award nominations last year, it has not performed especially well at the box office. Last week’s end, Sister Act played at only 48% capacity and grossed only $482,165.