Closing 30th October to make way for The Wizard Of Oz. Whoopi Goldberg scheduled to join the cast on October 22nd to 23rd and October 25th 2010.
It isn’t unusual for west end shows to have their routes on the big screen. Billy Elliot: The Musical began life as a movie with Jamie Bell taking on the title role; Priscilla Queen of the Desert was originally an Australian movie from 1994 and Legally Blonde was amongst shows that opened their doors in the capital in 2010.
But one movie-come-musical has stood out in recent months as a popular and appreciated production at the London Palladium. It takes the form of “Sister Act”, based on the hit Whoopie Goldberg movie of the same name from 1992, concerning the exploits of a lounge singer who is placed in a nunnery to hide her from her ex-boyfriend. The movie was a popular one in its day and spawned a sequel in the form of “Sister Act 2: Back in Action” in 1993.
It was a tale that was perfect for the stage and in 2006 a production opened in Pasadena, California to great success. It made a Broadway and West End version of the show inevitable, so after a further production was staged at the Alliance Theatre in Georgia, British audiences were finally treated to a live “Sister Act” extravaganza at the London Palladium in 2009.
The show makes some changes to the original movie, making the musical fresh and exciting even for those who are familiar with the proceedings. Instead of ‘90s San Francisco, the action takes place in 1970s Philadelphia, but after this everything is in place as we follow Deloris Van Cartier on the witness protection programme. She has witnessed a murder at the hands of her ex boyfriend and seeks refuge in the Holy Order of the Little Sisters of Our Mother of Perpetual Faith. At first she does not see eye to eye with the Reverend Mother and fails to fit in with the other nuns, but soon she finds that with her expertise at singing, she can find a way to shape things.
Soon enough she lends a helping hand to the struggling choir, transforming them from a seemingly-hopeless shambles to singing sensations. They are the talk of the entire town and some big names want to find out what the fuss is all about. However, with all of this attention, it may only be a matter of time before the people out to get her know exactly where to look.
With some award winning people working behind the scenes and breakout stars taking on the iconic roles, “Sister Act” is an unmissable event and is currently taking bookings at the London Palladium until Saturday 1st January 2011.
|Booking From:||Thursday, 7th May 2009|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 30th October 2010|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 3pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
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