By Andrew Gans
31 Jan 2012
The singing actress will step into the lead role of Deloris Van Cartier at the end of March, succeeding Tony nominee Patina Miller, who created the role on stage in London and later on Broadway. Raven-Symoné will play at least six months on Broadway, according to the Internet news site.
A spokesperson for the musical told Playbill.com, "No future casting can be confirmed at this time."
Tony Award-winning director Jerry Zaks (Guys and Dolls, The Addams Family) directs Sister Act, which has a book by Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane (The Little Dog Laughed, Xanadu), as well as Emmy winners Cheri and Bill Steinkellner.
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."
The Broadway Theatre is located at 1681 Broadway. For tickets phone (212) 239-6200, or visit Telecharge.com.
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