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Disco in a Convent? It’s “Sister Act” the Musical

From the London stage to Broadway to Indianapolis comes a surprising theatrical remake of the popular 1992 film, “Sister Act”. Co-produced by Whoopi Goldberg, who starred in the original movie, Sister Act promises a fun filled evening for everyone with witty banter, great casting, and an outstanding music score by Alan Menkin (“Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid”), and lyricist Glenn Slater (“The Little Mermaid”). The show is playing at the Old National Center in downtown Indianapolis.

For anyone not familiar with the original storyline, in the 1992 feature film Whoopi Goldberg plays Deloris Van Cartier, witness to a murder committed by her sleazy boyfriend/boss, Curtis Jackson. She goes into a witness protection program in a place where she is least likely to be found—a convent of nuns! Suffice it to say her transition from ordinary person to nun isn’t a smooth one. She struggles to step into her new identity as “Sister Mary Clarence”, and frequently finds herself at odds with the no-nonsense Mother Superior. But when she joins the nun’s choir at Mother Superior’s suggestion, she is struck with a new sense of purpose. Somewhere along the way, she a true sisterhood begins to emerge, and the convent begins to once again thrive.

This time around, the role of Deloris is played by Ta’Rea Campbell. In addition to her starring role in “Sister Act” Campbell has performed on Broadway in “The Book of Mormon” and “Little Shop of Horrors”. Hollis Resnik stars as the matter-of-fact Mother Superior. She has previously starred in the US Tour of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”, an Off-Broadway production of Sweeney Todd and the 1996 World Premiere of “The House of Martin Guerre” among other roles.  Kingsley Leggs plays the sleazy boyfriend role of Curtis Jackson. Leggs also performed in the Original, 2005 Broadway Production of “The Color Purple”, a regional production of “Chasing Nicolette” and the 1993 World Premiere of “Annie Warbucks”.

Finally, whereas the original film was set in Motown San Francisco the theatrical remake is set in 1970s Philadelphia.  

Event Info:

  • Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204
  • Feb. 26 – Mar. 3, 2013
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