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Posted on: 05 March 2009 by Gareth Hargreaves

US actress and singer Patina Miller will star in Sister Act the Musical when it opens at The Palladium in London's West End in May this year.

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After a year long global search, 24-year-old US actress Patina Miller has been cast to make her West End debut playing the lead role of ‘Deloris Van Cartier’ in the divine new musical comedy Sister Act 

Born and raised in South Carolina, Patina’s previous credits include the critically acclaimed 2008 production of Hair in New York.  The role of Deloris in Sister Act was made famous by Whoopi Goldberg in the movie of the same name, and Goldberg is a co-producer of the stage version. 

Patina’s arrival has certainly enthused Whoopi, saying “I am proud to announce that we’ve finally found you an amazing girl to play Deloris. It wasn't easy, but we did it.  And boy, can she sing.”

Below, Patina answers questions on her new role, working with Whoopi and London life.

So what have you been up to recently?

Well I’ve been seeing lots of theatre and musicals in London, I’ve seen Sound of Music and Billy Elliot – they were fantastic! I also did a tour of London on a bus, except it was raining so heavy I could barely see anything.

Are you enjoying London?

Yes I really am! I love Borough Market, I take all my friends there when they come visit, there is a restaurant called Fish which I love, they serve the best sticky toffee pudding.

What were you working on in America?

I was working in Hair, which is now set to starts its Broadway run. I also appeared in Romantic Poetry, and off Broadway show.

How does it feel to have been picked by Whoopi to play such a famous role?

It is such a blessing, to have been picked out of everyone. They saw a huge range of people, women both older and younger than me…but to know they saw something in me was brilliant.

What was it like meeting her? Any funny stories?

It’s mot everyday you get to meet an idol, and I was so nervous beforehand. But then she walked in and calmness came over me, I was just so honoured to be singing for her.

What are your thoughts on the other cast members?

I have never met such a wonderful group of warm hearted, welcoming people. There is a song in the musical ‘Spread the Love’ and it is a chain text message for the cast, we keep passing it onto each other!

Do you think that the musical will open up the show to new fans, not just people who loved the film?

Definitely. I think younger people are really getting into going to the theatre, and then the old fans will also be wanting to check it out. Its appeal is so wide, it is guaranteed to make everyone feel good!

Anything else about the show you’d like to share?

Watch out for the sets and costumes! It is all awesome. The creative team behind the show are fantastic, and this is so evident with the set and costume design. There are lots of glittery costumes, my closing outfit is definitely one for me, I love it!

When does the show start?

Well it previews from 7th May, then the proper run starts June 2nd. You can see loads of cool videos of me, and find out loads of info on the show at www.sisteractthemusical.com.

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About The Show

Performance times for Sister Act at the London Palladium will be 7.30pm Mondays to Saturdays, with 3.00pm matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays. 

Tickets, priced from £17.50-£60.00 (£17.50-£50.00 during previews), will be available from the London Palladium Box Office on 0844 412 2704 and online at www.sisteractthemusical.com

Sister Act is currently booking in London until 13th February 2010.

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