The highly acclaimed Broadway musical comedy of that hit film, Sister Act, premieres on June 27 at The Theatre at Solaire in Parañaque City.
Hailed as America’s new musical comedy classic, Sister Act The Musical brings onstage the re-creation of the music and general story of the hit 1992 film comedy starring Whoopi Goldberg but with an all-original score and script, and a production design that promises to impress the audience.
The show is part of the Asian leg of the American production’s Asian tour for 2017. The musical will run for only two weeks in Manila with no extension.
The two-and-a-half hours show presents the funny adventures of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look—a convent.
Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow nuns find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.
The audience will take delight in the original music and score of the film, which have been given that Broadway sound by acclaimed compose, and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors). with lyrics by Glenn Slater. The story was written by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner with additional book material by Douglas. Carter Beane.
Sister Act The Musical had its world premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse in the Fall of 2006, followed by a production at Alliance Theatre in Atlanta on the Winter of 2007. The West End production began previews at the Palladium Theatre in London on May 7, 2009, while the Broadway production began preview performances on March 24, 2011 and officially opened on April 20, 2011 at the Broadway Theatre.2
Seen by over 6 million theater-goers across the globe, Sister Act The Musical has been performed in Milan, Vienna, Paris, Germany, The Netherlands, Japan and on tour throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. It has also been staged in Canada, Ireland, South Africa, and Spain.
The musical received five Tony Awards nominations in 2011: Best Musical, Best Original Score (Alan Menken-music/Glenn Slater-lyrics), Best Book of a Musical (Cheri and Bill Steinkellner and Douglas Carter Beane), Best Actress in a Musical (Patricia Miller) and Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Victoria Clark)
It was also nominated for four Olivier Awards in 2010, including Best Musical.
The musical has drawn widespread critical acclaim for being a “fun, funny and feel good” act, with The New York Post describing it as “ridiculously fun” and The Huffington Post lauding it for providing fans “an unbridled joy.”
Sister Act is Ovation Productions’ second Broadway musical offering in the country since it brought Disney’s Beauty and the Beast two years ago at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.