The Sisters Are Doin’ It … in EUROPE

In 1992 Whoopi Goldberg as loung singer Deloris hiding from mobsters by pretending to be a nun and in the course of the action turning the live of the convent she is hiding in up side down was a smash sucess at the boxoffice for Disney’s Touchstone Pictures – and till today the songs from the movie, such as  Mary Wells’ “My Guy” turned into “My God” make smiles magically appear when ever played. Considering the huge sucess of the movie (which resulted in a sequel in 1993) as well as the soundtrack, the infectious comedy and the great songs “Sister Act” was often mentioned as one of the movies that could be turned into Disney musical show … however, nothing happened and when something finally happened in 2006 Disney Theatrical wasn’t the one who did it.

In 2006 the musical “Sister Act” based on the movie but now with a book by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner, lyrics by Glenn Slater and music by Alan Menken had its world premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, California – but without any of the hit songs from the movie. However, with Alan Menken and Glenn Slater two Disney-veterans had been brought in to write all new material. After all the two already collaborated on Disney’s animated feature “”Home on the Range”  as well as on the stage version of “The Little Mermaid” and are supposedly also working together on the songs for the animated Disney features “Rapunzel” and “Snow Queen”. With Peter Schneider as director of the show another Disney all-star is involved in the production – the former President of Feature Animation for The Walt Disney Company’s Walt Disney Studios (as of 1985) and then studio chief from 1999 to 2001.

While sucessful in Pasadena as well as in Atlanta, Georgia (where it played at the Alliance Theatre in early 2007) the show never moved onto the great white way (aka the Broadway). Instead it opened on June 2, 2009 at the palladium in the West End (in London) where it still plays – even so first reports are mentioning the option that the show may be replaced in the fall of 2010.

The London production (which opened to mixed reviews) is produced by Stage Entertainment together with Whoopy Goldberg who jointly announced that they show will open in fall 2010 in Germany at the Operettenhaus, Hamburg (one of several theaters owned by Stage Entertainment in Germany). In best tradition of German productions the show will be completely translated into German for this production. Nevertheless, the fact the “Sister Act” comes to Germany that early in its lifetime as a musical certainly is great news for German fans of the movie…

If you are interested in the show now, why not drop by the website of the upcoming German production? While in German it includes a video interview with Whoopy Goldberg as well as the option to listen to three songs from the Original West End Cast Recording that has been released in the meantime. The website of the West End production also includes some interesting material, such as videos of an interview with Whoopy Goldberg and a promo-video for one of the show’s songs. And anyone in Germany can already buy their tickets…

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