Now, at age 26, Raven is taking the Broadway world by storm in Sister Act, a musical based on the popular movie from 1992, starring Whoopi Goldberg.
With a number of performances already under her belt, Raven spoke to Celebuzz about taking over a Tony-nominated role from Patina Miller, transitioning into adulthood and her overall experience on The Great White Way, which she describes as a “whirlwind.”
“I’ve had wonderful cast and crew taking care of me, a wonderful director, and producer, and company managers and actors. It has just been like a big Tempur-Pedic mattress to fall on.”
In the musical, Raven plays Deloris Van Cartier, a disco singer who disguises herself as a nun after she witnesses a murder. In the process, she sets her sights on the convent’s choir, and quickly revamps it from dull to fabulous. It’s a crowd-pleasing story for sure, and already, Raven says she is enjoying the experience of live theater.
“The show is so well put together,” she said. “I could say the words, Patina could say the words, you could say the words and the audience is going to love it, because the arcs are so well done and you fall in love with the characters. The audiences are enjoying it, thank Goodness!”
Raven’s Sister Act debut comes only a few months after she turned 26 last December. Despite over two-plus decades of acting under her belt, she tells Celebuzz she still doesn’t feel like an adult.
“Lets just say that I’m in a constant blur of what’s going on. I’m trying to figure it out. I don’t know what’s happening … I’m just like, aliens come down and just figure it out! [Laughs] I don’t know what’s happening right now.”
“I’m a little bit more aware of my quirks and my downfalls — my good parts of me and my bad parts of me,” she added, when asked whether her priorities are changing as she gets older. “I’m trying. It’s difficult. There needs to be a book on how to be an adult, or how you know when your minds about to switch over.”
Sister Act is currently playing at the famous Broadway Theatre in Times Square; and while it hasn’t happened yet, Raven told Celebuzz she hopes to see Whoopi in the audience soon.
“We talked a little bit. She said she was going to come soon so we’ll see.”
For more on Sister Act, visit the show’s official website!