Sister Act posts closing notices for 30 Oct 2010

Sister Act has posted closing notices for 30 Oct 2010 at the London Palladium. (The show was originally booking to 1 Jan 2011).

It has also been announced that numerous productions of the show are being planned around the world in the next few years. The German production will open in Hamburg this December, followed quickly by the New York opening, and productions planned for Amsterdam, Korea, Japan, Spain, Italy and France.

Bill Taylor, CEO Stage Entertainment UK & USA, said: "Forgive the pun but we’ve had a truly heavenly time at the Palladium! It was always the deal with the Really Useful Group that we would leave to make way for The Wizard of Oz and I want to thank every single person who has been involved in making SISTER ACT such a success there. It has given us the perfect springboard for launching this uplifting show around the world, establishing SISTER ACT as a wonderful new musical title with global potential. We’re all very excited about the next few years and the prospect of the show running in different cities, from our new London home, to Broadway and Hamburg and beyond. It’s going to be a busy few years for Deloris Van Cartier and her sisters! "

The show opened at the London Palladium on 2 June 2009, following previews from 7 May, to generally good notices from the popular press: THE EVENING STANDARD says, "It’s a wimple-wibbling, habit-forming triumph." THE DAILY MAIL says, "I hated its artistic laziness, its predictability, its incuriosity, its idea that disco is divine..." THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Sister Act proves more enjoyable on stage than it did on film." THE STAGE says, "Highly recommended."

Sister Act currently features Sheila Hancock (Mother Superior), Patina Miller (Deloris Van Cartier), Ian Lavender (Monsignor Howard), Chris Jarman (Shank, from 31 May Simon Webbe takes over the role).

Based on the 1992 film, the stage musical has music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner.

It is directed by Peter Schneider, designed by Klara Zieglerova, choreography by Anthony Van Laast, lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Mick Potter, Musical Director Nick Skilbeck.

It is produced by Whoopi Goldberg and Stage Entertainment.

When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody 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. With the gang giving chase, is time running out for Deloris? Or have they underestimated the power of her new found Sisterhood?

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