Sister Act at Theatre Royal
1 Aug 2012
HALLELUJAH! THE HEAVENLY SEQUINNED SISTERS ARE ON THEIR WAY TO NEWCASTLE!
The truly divine West End hit Sister Act is due to hit Newcastle as part of it’s first ever UK tour, so get into the Habit, enter the Sisterhood and see it at Newcastle Theatre Royal 14 – 25 August!
Produced in partnership with Whoopi Goldberg who starred in the 1992 blockbuster movie on which the show is based, Sister Act is a heavenly concoction of ‘high-spirited’ comedy and Motown soul hits.
It tells the story of disco diva Deloris Van Cartier who is put in protective custody after she witnesses a murder, and hides away in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be found - a convent! Disguised as a nun she quickly finds fans amongst her fellow ‘sisters’ but makes the wrong impression on the convent’s strict Mother Superior. When she turns her attention to the convent’s off-key choir, helping the nuns to find their true voices and breathing new life into the rundown neighbourhood, her cover could be blown for good. But the gang may just have underestimated the true power of the heavenly Sisterhood!
The show, which played to over a million people during its West End run and is currently a huge hit on Broadway, stars Coronation Street’s Denise Black as Mother Superior, and Brookside and The Royal favourite Michael Starke as Monsignor O’Hara, with rising new star Cynthia Erivo as nun on the run Deloris.
It features a score by Alan Menken, eight-time Oscar winner and the genius behind many of the world famous songs from Disney’s movies, including The Little Mermaid, Beauty & The Beast, Aladdin and Enchanted, with lyrics from his long time collaborator, Glenn Slater. The book is by the award-winning team, Cheri and Bill Steinkellner, whose writing credits include the classic television comedy Cheers, with additional book material from Douglas Carter Beane.
Sister Act opened at the London Palladium in May 2009 to huge critical and audience acclaim. It went on to receive four Laurence Olivier Award nominations and its cast album shot to Number One on the iTunes soundtrack chart. During the run it broke Box Office records for the highest grossing single performance and highest grossing week for any musical ever at that venue. The New York production opened at the Broadway Theatre in April last year and was nominated for five Tony Awards, as well as receiving multiple nominations from every other major US theatre awards body. A record breaking production is also running in Hamburg and future productions will open in Italy, Austria, Spain, France, Holland, South Korea, Japan and Brazil soon.
Academy award winner Whoopi Goldberg is among the most well-known performers around the world. She said: “We were thrilled to open Sister Act in London but I’m even more excited to have the show tour the UK so even more folks experience those singing nuns. It’s a great show for everyone…your kids, your granny, even the neighbour next door who you might not like so much! I promise, you’ll have a great night in the theatre. Look out - the Sisters are coming!”
Official website www.sisteractthemusical.com
Sister Act appears at Newcastle Theatre Royal from 14 - 25 August 2012 (Evenings: 7.30pm, Matinees: Thursday 2pm and Saturday 2.30pm). Tickets are £17.00 - £44.00 and can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 or select your own seat and book online at www.theatreroyal.co.uk