Actress Raven-Symone arrives at NBC Universal's 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards After Party at The Beverly Hilton hotel on Jan. 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills
*Two decades after she made her Broadway debut at the age of 5, singing with the Boys Choir of Harlem, Raven-Symoné returns to the stage as the star of a Broadway musical, reports Deadline.com
The actress-singer is set to take over the lead role in the musical Sister Act based on the hit 1992 movie, replacing Patina Miller as Deloris Van Cartier. Whoopi Goldberg, who played Deloris in the film and its sequel, produces the Broadway adaptation featuring original music by Alan Menken, which opened in April 2011.
Raven-Symoné is slated to begin rehearsals at the end of February and hit the stage of the Broadway Theatre at the end of March for a minimum 6-month engagement.
Miller originated the role of Deloris both in the West End and Broadway productions of Sister Act, making her Broadway debut.
Wax figure of Whoopi Goldberg as "Sister Act's" Mother Superior at London's Madame Tussauds
*To celebrate her West End run in the musical “Sister Act,” Madame Tussauds London unveiled a wax figure of Whoopi Goldberg wearing an exact replica of the costume she wears on stage for her role as Mother Superior.
In the 1992 original film and 1994 sequel, Goldberg played Deloris Van Cartier — a Reno lounge singer on the run from the mob who seeks refuge in a San Francisco convent.
Patina Miller plays Deloris Van Cartier in the London musical. [See video below.]
As previously reported, Goldberg, who helped to produce the stage show in both California and London, launched her 23-show West End run on Aug. 10.
*Before beginning another season of “The View” this fall, co-host Whoopi Goldberg will head to London’s West End next month to star in the stage version of “Sister Act,” a musical based on her 1992 film.
The Oscar-winning actress will take over the role of Mother Superior from Sheila Hancock, who has played the role since it opened last May.
Patina Miller will continue in the role of Deloris Van Cartier, the character originated by Whoopi in the film. Van Cartier — a Reno lounge singer under protective custody in a San Francisco convent — ho pretends to be a nun when a mob boss puts her on his hit list.
Goldberg helped to produce the Laurence Olivier Award-nominated stage show in both California and London. She’ll begin her 23-show run on Aug. 10. (Watch a performance from “Sister Act” below.)