Raven Symoné has a history of stealing the show — from the moment she appeared on “The Cosby Show” as Cliff Huxtable’s adorably precocious three-year-old step-granddaughter, to her reign on the Disney Channel hit “That’s So Raven.”
So it came as no surprise to her fans when Symoné made her Broadway debut in a leading role, as Sister Act’s Deloris van Cartier, a nightclub singer who tries to disappear into a convent after witnessing a mafia murder, but ends up front and center as the convent’s new choir leader. Based on the 1992 movie by the same name, Sister Act The Musical features Symoné in the same role famously played by Whoopi Goldberg (who also produced the Broadway musical). Symoné took over the part from actress Patina Miller, who earned a Tony Award nomination for her performance.
Even the president’s daughters are fans of Raven Symoné in Sister Act; last weekend Sasha and Malia met Symoné backstage after catching a Saturday night performance of the family friendly Broadway musical. (Michelle Obama, meanwhile, crossed The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess off her bucket list).
And with little more than a month left in Sister Act’s successful run on Broadway, fans of the Cheetah Girls star can still see Symoné sing, dance and act her heart out in this heartwarming production before the curtain falls for the final time on August 26.
Sister Act was nominated for five Tony Awards, including “Best Musical,” last year after opening on Broadway in April 2011. By the final performance on August 26, the show will have enjoyed a 16-month run that included more than 561 performances.
Fans of the show will have another chance to see Sister Act the Musical when the North American tour kicks off Oct. 2 in Toronto. There are also has other productions of Sister Act playing in Hamburg, Vienna, and on tour throughout the United Kingdom.
What other leading roles on Broadway do you think Raven Symone should take on next?