Actress to star in Broadway musical
Raven-Symone has locked in a stint as a replacement star of Broadway musical “Sister Act” in a gig that starts later this month.
Actress, making her Broadway debut, will play the lead in the tuner about a nightclub singer who hides out from the Mafia in a convent. She replaces soon-to-exit Patina Miller, who scored a Tony nom last season for her perf in the role.
Raven-Symone comes to the Rialto with a profile cultivated from her years as the star of Disney Channel skein “That’s So Raven.” Whether it’ll prove enough to attract box office attention remains to be seen.
Although it opened last season, “Sister Act” has not yet managed to find a secure foothold on the Rialto landscape, with fluctuating weekly grosses and average attendance that occasionally drops below the 50% mark. Last week the show pulled in around $480,000 and played to houses that averaged 48% of capacity.
Miller will play her final perf in the tuner March 18, with Raven-Symone set to take over March 27. An understudy will play the role in the interim.