Music enthusiasts will be thrilled and dazzled by the exhilarating song numbers and hilarious scenes from a much-acclaimed Broadway musical comedy when Sister Act premieres on June 27 at The Theatre at Solaire, Entertainment City, Pasay City.
The show opens the two-week Philippine run of the hit Broadway musical that is part of the Asian leg of the production’s Australian and Asian tour for 2017.
Touted as America’s new musical comedy classic, Sister Act brings to the musical theater scene a stage re-creation of the music and general story of the hit 1992 film comedy of the same title, but with an all-original score and script and spectacular production design.
The play will leave the audience breathless as they follow for two-and-a-half delightful hours 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 sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly re-discovers her own.
The musical features original music and score with a big Broadway sound written by the eighth-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.
It 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 six million theatergoers across the globe, Sister Act has been performed worldwide in Milan, Vienna, Paris, Germany, The Netherlands, Japan and on tour throughout the US and the UK. It has also been played 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 presentation of a Broadway musical following Disney’s Beauty and the Beast two years ago at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
(Sister Act is presented by Ovation Productions in cooperation with Broadway Entertainment Group, Troika and Vizpra. Media partners are Fox, The Philippine STAR, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer and BusinessWorld. Tickets are priced at P6,500, P5,500, P4,500, P3,500 and P1,500 and are available online at www.ticketworld or call 981-9999.)