Tony Nominee Patina Miller Exits Broadway's Sister Act March 18; Raven-Symoné Is in the Wings

News   Tony Nominee Patina Miller Exits Broadway's Sister Act March 18; Raven-Symoné Is in the Wings
 
Patina Miller, who earned Olivier and Tony Award nominations for originating the role of street-wise nightclub singer Deloris Van Cartier on stage, ends her run in the Broadway production of Sister Act March 18 at the Broadway Theatre.

Patina Miller
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Miller created the role of Deloris in the West End production of Sister Act and repeated her work in the revised Broadway transfer, which opened April 20, 2011. She will be succeeded by television star Raven-Symoné, who will join the Broadway cast March 27.

Actress Rashidra Scott will step into the leading role until Symone's arrival.

The cast of Sister Act also features two-time Tony nominee Carolee Carmello (Parade, Lestat, Saving Aimee) as Mother Superior, Fred Applegate (Young Frankenstein) as Monsignor, Sarah Bolt (Wicked) as Sister Mary Patrick, John Treacy Egan (The Producers) as Joey, Demond Green (The Toxic Avenger) as TJ, Chester Gregory (Dreamgirls) as Eddie, Kingsley Leggs (The Color Purple) as Curtis, Marla Mindelle (South Pacific) as Sister Mary Robert, Audrie Neenan (Picnic) as Sister Mary Lazarus and Caesar Samayoa (The Pee-wee Herman Show) as Pablo.

Tony Award-winning director Jerry Zaks (Guys and Dolls, The Addams Family) directed Sister Act, which has a book by Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane (The Little Dog Laughed, Xanadu) and Emmy winners Cheri and Bill Steinkellner. It opened on Broadway April 20, 2011.

Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) and lyricist Glenn Slater (Love Never Dies) penned the score. Sister Act received Tony nominations for Best Book, Best Score and Best Musical. Sister Act features the work of choreographer Anthony Van Laast, scenic designer Klara Zieglerova, costume designer Lez Brotherston, lighting designer Natasha Katz and sound designer John Shivers.

Michael Kosarin serves as musical supervisor, with dance music arrangements by Mark Hummel, orchestrations by Doug Besterman and electronic music by Andy Barrett. Music director is Brent-Alan Huffman.

According to producers, "When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place cops are sure she won't be found — a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and an uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community, but in doing so blows her cover. Soon the gang are giving chase, only to find themselves up against Deloris and the power of her new found Sister Hood."

Whoopi Goldberg and Stage Entertainment produce Sister Act.

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