TV star Raven-Symoné, who made her Broadway debut in 2012 as the wimple-wearing disco diva of Broadway's Sister Act at the Broadway Theatre, has been tapped as new co-host of the TV talk show, "The View," it was announced on the show June 10.
Symoné has served as guest host on the ABC-TV show a reported 37 times, but now officially takes her place alongside fellow Broadway veterans Whoopi Goldberg, and Rosie Perez, plus Nicolle Wallace.
Known for television's "That's So Raven" and her early years on "The Cosby Show," Symoné fulfilled a life dream when she took over the Sister Act role of Deloris Van Cartier, a street-wise nightclub singer who hides out in a convent after witnessing a murder.
Upon learning of the "View" appointment, The Wrap reported, she said, "The Disney Company [owners of ABC] has made another one of my dreams come true."
The Events Research Program was established to identify and track protocols that would help theatres and more venues safely welcome back audiences. Its findings have yet to reach producers and theatre operators.
Gardner McKay, an actor plucked from obscurity to star in TV's "Adventures in Paradise," but who later became distinguished as the author of one of regional theatre's most popular plays, Sea Marks, died in Honolulu Nov. 21 after a battle with prostate cancer.