Patina Miller during a performance of Sister Act on the West End, 2010
|Birth name||Patina Renea Miller|
|Born||November 6, 1984|
|Origin||Pageland, South Carolina, U.S.|
Patina Renea Miller (born November 6, 1984) is an American actress and singer. Miller is best known for originating the role of disco diva wannabe Deloris Van Cartier in the 2009 West End and 2011 Broadway productions of Sister Act. She is currently starring as the Leading Player in the 2013 revival of Pippin for which she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
Life and career
Born in Pageland, South Carolina, and raised in a single parent home, she was introduced to music at an early age and sang with the gospel choir at her local church. She attended South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities and in 2006 graduated with a degree in musical theatre from Carnegie Mellon University, which she attended on a full scholarship. She has credited her time at Carnegie Mellon as a big part of her life, saying, "It was there that I studied and really realized that I could make my dream a reality. I'm so thankful to all my teachers who helped me to become the performer I am today. I'm so proud of my school and feel so blessed to have gotten such a wonderful education and made lifelong friends."
In 2005, Miller was one of three finalists for the role of Effie White in Dreamgirls, which ultimately won Jennifer Hudson the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 2007, she was cast in All My Children and appeared in 30 episodes of the daytime soap opera. She performed in a Central Park production of Hair in the summer of 2008 and was featured in the musical Romantic Poetry at the Manhattan Theatre Club that fall.
Miller was cast as the lead role of Delores Van Cartier in Sister Act, a role she had understudied for six months during its initial run in the United States, following a year-long international search. The London production opened on June 2, 2009 at the London Palladium, and although it received mixed reviews, most critics singled out Miller and praised her performance. Benedict Nightingale of The Times cited her "terrific voice" and continued, "Add warmth, humour, vivacity — and you've a star who lacks Whoopi's wry vulnerability but adds dazzle to the razzle around her," while David Benedict of Variety thought her "powerhouse vocals, pitched somewhere between Gloria Gaynor and Whitney Houston, and her thrillingly fast vibrato act as the show's engine." For this role Miller won the whatsonstage.com Theatregoers Choice Award for Best Actress in a Musical and was also nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She remained with the production till it closed on October 30, 2010.
Miller recently reprised the role of Deloris Van Cartier in the Broadway production of Sister Act, which began performances on March 24, 2011, at the Broadway Theatre and officially opened April 20, 2011. Miller also made her Broadway debut in this production. For this role she won a Theatre World Award and was also nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance, and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. She played her final performance in the Broadway company on March 18, 2012 and was replaced by Raven-Symoné on March 27. Miller also starred as Linda in the City Center Encores! production of Lost in the Stars, which ran from February 3–6, 2011.
She performed as the Leading Player in the American Repertory Theater production of Pippin from December 5, 2012 to January 20, 2013. Miller is currently reprising the role in the Broadway revival, which began performances on March 23, 2013, at the Music Box Theatre and officially opened on April 25, 2013. She won the Outer Critics Circle Award and Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical at the 67th Tony Awards for this role.
- Sister Act the Musical London Cast Recording (2009)
- What I Wanna Be When I Grow Up by Scott Alan, singing the song "Taking Back My Life" (2010)
- Out of Our Heads by Kooman and Dimond, singing the song "Random Black Girl" (2011)
- Pippin Broadway Revival Cast Recording (2013)
Awards and nominations
|2010||Laurence Olivier Award||Best Actress in a Musical||Sister Act||Nominated|
|2011||Tony Award||Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical||Nominated|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Actress in a Musical||Nominated|
|Drama League Award||Distinguished Performance||Nominated|
|Outer Critics Circle Award||Outstanding Actress in a Musical||Nominated|
|Theatre World Award||Won|
|2013||Outer Critics Circle Award||Outstanding Actress in a Musical||Pippin||Won|
|Drama League Award||Distinguished Performance||Nominated|
|Tony Award||Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical||Won|
|Fred and Adele Astaire Awards||Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show||Nominated|
- Patina Miller bio at the Sister Act website
- "Brief Encounter" Whatsonstage.com, June 1, 2009
- Pageland blogProgressive Journal, May 2, 2007
- " 'Sister Act' " Carnegie Mellon
- Miller appearances on All My Children Internet Movie Database
- "'Sister Act'" Broadway.com, January 29, 2009
- ReviewThe Times
- "Full List: 2010 Whatsonstage.com Award Winners" whatsonstage.com
- " 'Spring Awakening', 'Enron' and 'Red' Score Big in Olivier Nominations" playbill.com
- Avenue Q, Sister Act close tonight
- "Patina Miller to Star in Broadway's 'Sister Act The Musical' " playbill.com
- Ellen Barkin, Patina Miller, John Larroquette, Jim Parsons, Tony Sheldon and More Win Theatre World Awards
- "2011 Tony Nominations Announced; 'Book of Mormon' Earns 14 Nominations" playbill.com, May 3, 2011
- "Outer Critics Circle Nominees Include 'Sister Act', 'Anything Goes', 'Book of Mormon' " playbill.com
- " 'Book of Mormon', 'Priscilla', 'Sister Act', 'War Horse', 'Good People' and More Are Drama League Nominees playbill.com
- "56th Annual Drama Desk Nominations Announced; Book of Mormon Scores 12 Nominations" playbill.com
- It's Official: She's Fabulous! Raven-Symoné Joins SISTER ACT Mar. 27; Patina Miller Departs Mar. 18
- "Encores! 'Lost in the Stars' to Feature Chuck Cooper, Daniel Breaker, Patina Miller" playbill.com
- "Patina Miller, Matthew James Thomas and More to Lead PIPPIN at A.R.T. - Full Cast Announced!" broadwayworld.com
- Pippin Will Arrive on Broadway With Complete A.R.T. Cast, Including Patina Miller, Matthew James Thomas, Andrea Martin Retrieved February 4, 2013
- Gans, Andrew (May 13, 2013). Is Big Winner of 2012-13 Outer Critics Circle Awards "Pippin Is Big Winner of 2012-13 Outer Critics Circle Awards". Playbill. Retrieved May 13, 2013.
- Purcell, Carey (2013-06-09). "Kinky Boots, Vanya and Sonia, Pippin and Virginia Woolf? Are Big Winners at 67th Annual Tony Awards". Playbill. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
- Carly Mallenbaum (September 18, 2013). "'Hunger Games' casts Broadway's Patina Miller". USA TODAY. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
- " 'Sister Act: The Musical' To Release Cast Recording 7/27 broadwayworld.com, July 27, 2009
- "Photo Coverage: The Songs of Scott Alan at Barnes & Noble" broadwayworld.com, December 4, 2010
-  broadwayworld.com, June 28, 2011
- PIPPIN Cast Recording Released Today! broadwayworld.com June 15, 2013