Song:Magic To Do
Album:Pippin: New Broadway Cast Recording
Patina Miller won a Tony award for her performance in this 2013 revival of the Stephen Schwartz musical Pippin. Magic To Do is the opening number of the show. What's interesting is Patina is playing the same role that Ben Vereen played in the original 70s production. So yes, the producers did a gender switch. Patina was born Nov. 6, 1984 in Pageland, SC. She grew up singing in church (her mom is a minister) and she attended high school at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities. She went to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh on a full scholarship and she graduated in 2006 with a degree in musical theater. Her first professional experience was auditioning for the role of Effie in the film musical Dreamgirls. Of course Jennifer Hudson won an Oscar for that role. After appearing on the daytime soap All My Children, Patina was an understudy for Dawnn Lewis in the Atlanta production of the musical Sister Act. Patina won the lead role when Sister Act opened in London in 2009. She got a lot of acclaim and that led to her playing the same role when Sister Act came to Broadway in 2011. Then she won a Tony for playing Leading Player in the 2013 revival of Pippin. Andrea Martin also won a Tony. Patina has turned her attention to film and TV. She played Commander Paylor in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and 2. And she currently stars as press coordinator Daisy Grant on the CBS TV series Madam Secretary. I guess we've seen the last of her on Broadway. Here's Patina Miller and company performing Magic To Do at the cast recording session for Pippin.