“Sister Act” to bring soulful charm to Shenzhen

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“Sister Act”

Broadway musical “Sister Act” will debut in Shenzhen in early August.

When a worldly singer witnesses a mob crime, the police hide her as a nun in a traditional convent where she has trouble fitting in. Based on the hit 1992 comedy movie, “Sister Act” was written by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner with additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane, with lyrics by Glenn Slater and music by Alan Menken.

The movie was one of the most financially successful comedies of the early 1990s, grossing US$231 million worldwide, and was rated No. 83 on Bravo’s “The 100 Funniest Movies” list.

Its musical adaptation was premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, California, in 2006, and opened at the West End’s London Palladium with previews from May 7, 2009. The musical then opened on Broadway at the Broadway Theater in April 2011, with previews beginning March 24, 2011.

Whoopi Goldberg, who plays Deloris Van Cartier/Sister Mary Clarence in the movie version, was one of the producers of the 2009 West End musical version and the 2011 Broadway adaptation. She also joined the cast as the Mother Superior for a limited engagement in 2010.

The musical has been staged in Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom and United States, and has been translated into seven languages (German, Italian, French, Dutch, Japanese, Spanish and Portuguese). Over six million people have seen the show worldwide and it has grossed more than US$200 million.

The Broadway production received mostly positive reviews. The Associated Press wrote: “This is a musical that hits all the right spots, achieving something close to Broadway grace. It helps that the musical has great original tunes by songwriter Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater that skitters from Motown, to soul and funk, to disco and even a little jokey Barry White. Menken and Slater, who also teamed up for ‘The Little Mermaid,’ know perfectly how to switch up the mood and tempo.”

Time: Aug. 9-13 at 8 p.m., Aug. 12-13 also at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets: 180-980 yuan

Booking: 400-185-8666

Venue: Shenzhen Poly Theater, intersection of Wenxin Road 5 and Houhaibin Road, Nanshan District (南山区后海滨路与文心五路交界处深圳保利剧院)

Metro: Line 2, Houhai Station (后海站), Exit E

(SD News)

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