Actress Patina Miller attends the Rush HeARTS Education Luncheon at The Plaza Hotel on February 14, 2014 in New York City
*Patina Miller, a best actress Tony winner for Broadway’s “Pippen,” has been cast in the Morgan Freeman-produced CBS drama pilot “Madam Secretary,” reports Deadline.com.
Written by Barbara Hall and directed by Dave Semel, the series explores the personal and professional life of maverick female Secretary of State Elizabeth McGill (Tea Leoni) as she drives international diplomacy, wrangles office politics and balances a complex family life.
Miller will play Daisy, McGill’s press coordinator.
The original Broadway version starred Ben Vereen as the Leading Player, an emcee-like role that won him a best-actor Tony. It was directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse and starred John Rubinstein in the title role.
Producers of the revival that is currently playing at the American Repertory Theater outside Boston said late Thursday that Pippin will transfer to the Music Box Theatre this spring, reports Entertainment Weekly. Performances begin March 23 with an official opening on April 25.
Patina Miller in Pippin
In Massachusetts, the Vereen role is being filled by Patina Miller, the Tony-nominated star of Sister Act, but there was no immediate word on whether she would join the production on Broadway.
A whimsical coming-of-age story about the son of the first Holy Roman Emperor, Pippin boasts pop-rock music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson. Schwartz’s other hits include Wicked and Godspell.
This Pippin is being directed by Diane Paulus, who leads the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass., where the latest revival got its start. Her revivals of both Hair and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess also went to Broadway and each won Tony Awards for best musical revivals.
Pippin opened in 1972 and ran for five years, winning five Tonys. It became a favorite with schools, summer stocks and community theaters across the country.
Actress Raven Symone makes her way into rehearsals for the Broadway Musical rendition of 'Sister Act.'
*Earlier this week, the National Enquirer reported that former Disney star Raven Symone is a closeted lesbian, and she’s currently in a relationship with an openly gay woman who competed on the current season of “America’s Next Top Model.”
Today, the star of Broadway’s “Sister Act” is speaking out via Twitter, saying that her sexuality is no one’s business but her own.
“My sexual orientation is mine, and the person I’m dating’s to know. I’m not one for a public display of my life,” Symone tweeted.
The National Enquirer quoted sources who claim the former “Cosby Show” child star is living with “ANTM” contestant AzMarie Livingston in Symone’s New York City apartment.
“Raven has hidden being gay for a long time now,” a source told the National Enquirer. “But about a year ago, she was introduced by a friend to AzMarie, who is absolutely gorgeous. The two began seeing each other, and a few months ago, Raven finally got the nerve to ask her to move into her lavish Manhattan condo. When her family found out, they blew their stack and it’s created a gay scandal for Raven.”
Despite the Enquirer story, Symone feels no obligation to respond with a definition of her sexual preferences.
“However that is my right as a HUMAN BEing whether straight or gay. To tell or not to tell. As long as I’m not harming anyone,” Symone tweeted.