YBF Chick Raven Symone just landed a new gig. And this one's on Broadway! Get the deets inside, plus Tyler Perry's eyebrow-raising casting decision for his new movie, Madea's Witness Protection...
Raven's bringing her animated and "extra" personality and voice to the big stage again. The 26-year-old was just cast as the lead role in Broadway's adaptation of the musical Sister Act, which opened last April. Deadline reports she's taking over as the new Deloris Van Cartier, the role originated on the silver screen by Whoopi Goldberg. Raven starts rehearsals in February and takes the stage the end of March at the Broadway Theater. Congrats to her!
Fun fact: Raven made her Broadway debut when she was 5...singing with the Boys Choir of Harlem.
Speaking of youngins landing big roles, 22-year-old Romeo Miller (son of Master P and co-star of Jumping The Broom) was just cast as the co-lead in Tyler Perry's umpteenth Madea movie.
The former "Dancing With The Stars" cutie will star in Madea's Witness Protection--Tyler's fourth movie of 2012 (and 14th movie in 7 years). That man Mr. Perry does not quit.
And since Tyler is good for casting folks we haven't seen in a while, he's brought on Marla Gibbs ("227"), John Amos ("Good Times"), Eugene Levy (American Pie), Denise Richards, and Tom Arnold.
The synopsis of the movie:
Eugene Levy stars in the film as George, a high level CFO at the center of a Ponzi scheme in New York City who is enrolled in the Witness Protection program along with his family in the one place that absolutely no one will think to look for them: Madea's house down South.
Romeo Miller stars as Jake, a friend of Brian (an attorney who places the family in Madea's care, also played by Tyler Perry) who was affected by the scam; Amos as Jake's (Romeo Miller's) father in the film, and Gibbs appears as Madea's neighbor.
Tyler's other movie, Good Deeds, starring Gabby Union and Thandie Newton, hits theaters February 24th.
Here's the newest trailer just released: