Although she’s never led a Broadway cast before, Raven-Symoné said she’s prepared to take center stage in Sister Act.
“You know, very, very, very egotistically speaking — like, beyond egotistical — I’ve been very prepared in a sense to carry a show, being on ‘That’s So Raven’ and with the different characters that I’ve done,” she told Entertainment Weekly.
Raven, who is one of the few African-American actresses to star in a sitcom with her name in the title, isn’t all ego. She recognizes that she’s part of an ensemble cast, just as she was in “That’s So Raven” and “State of Georgia.”
“I understand that it’s not just me on that stage. It’s not necessarily, ‘I’m carrying the whole show.’ It’s just my face out there for right now,” she said.
Raven dons a habit for the lead role of Deloris, originally played by Whoopi Goldberg in the big-screen version, but would Raven make a good nun?
“I have a different spiritual base; I don’t know if I’d make a good nun, but I appreciate what they do. You have to appreciate what they do,” she said. “They’d be like, ‘Raven, shut up.’ I really would become a Deloris van Cartier. I really do believe that I would be that way in the convent.”
Despite her experience and confidence, Raven couldn’t deny that Broadway challenges her in a different way than TV does.
“You really get to go through it,” she said about performing live night after night.
“Being able to go through and play a character without stopping — it’s just go, go, go. I love that. I think it’s a great concept, and being that I haven’t been on stage in front of an audience and done the whole thing just yet, I’m not jinxing myself because I might faint at the end because I’m so tired,” she said. “I think that it’s gonna be fun. I can’t wait.”
Watch Raven-Symoné at her Sister Act photo shoot below.
—Tracy L. Scott