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SISTER ACT to Play Final Performance on Broadway Aug 26 Prior to North American Tour

Sister Act

TO PLAY ITS FINAL BROADWAY PERFORMANCE
SUNDAY, AUGUST 26
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR KICKS OFF THIS OCTOBER
AT TORONTO’S ED MIRVISH THEATRE

FOUR PRODUCTIONS
CURRENTLY RUNNING WORLDWIDE

UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS IN
PARIS, STUTTGART, MOSCOW, PRAGUE,
MADRID, SAO PAOLO, SOUTH KOREA, JAPAN

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June 20, 2012 -- Producers Whoopi Goldberg and Stage Entertainment have announced that the Broadway musical SISTER ACT will play its final Broadway performance on Sunday, August 26, 2012, prior to kicking off a North American tour on October 2 at Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre.  Upon closing after a 16-month run, the Broadway production will have played 28 previews and 561 performances at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway). 

“To hear people laugh and cheer the way they do at SISTER ACT -- a show people think they know but are pleasantly surprised to discover is not what they were expecting -- is a magical experience for a producer,” says Producer Whoopi Goldberg.  “Happily, audiences across the country will be able to get in on the fun this fall when Deloris and her fabulous sisters start spreading the love nationwide.”

“I couldn’t be more proud of the creative team and cast members that have made SISTER ACT such a critically-acclaimed and crowd-pleasing success on Broadway,” said Stage Entertainment U.S. CEO Bill Taylor.  “Our New York audiences have been absolutely amazing and I look forward to this fall’s tour and the next chapter in SISTER ACT’s wonderfully successful life.”

SISTER ACT had its world premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse in the fall of 2006, followed by a production at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre in the winter of 2007.  The West End production began previews at London’s Palladium Theatre on May 7, 2009 and concluded its run there on October 30, 2010.  The Broadway production began preview performances on March 24, 2011 and officially opened on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at the Broadway Theatre.

SISTER ACT WORLDWIDE

Seen by over 3 million audience members across the globe, SISTER ACT currently has four productions worldwide: on Broadway, in Hamburg, Vienna, and on tour throughout the UK.  SISTER ACT recently enjoyed a very successful limited run in Milan and there are upcoming productions scheduled to begin in Paris (September 2012), in Stuttgart (December 2012), and in Scheveningen, Holland (March, 2013).  There are also upcoming productions in Moscow, Madrid, Prague, Sao Paolo, South Korea, and Japan.

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The Broadway critics raved for the Broadway version of SISTER ACT.  The New York Post called the show, “One of the season’s happiest surprises! Off the charts and packed with goodies, to which we say: Amen!” The New York Daily News raved, “A blessed event has landed on Broadway. SISTER ACT is a feel-good crowd pleaser worth celebrating. It keeps on purring from one happy moment to the next.”  The Associated Press called SISTER ACT, “In a word, divine. This is a musical that hits all the right spots, achieving something close to Broadway grace. It will convert you.”  And The Huffington Post raved, “SISTER ACT is fresh and innovative with huge laughs!  It’ll have you jumping out of your pew.”

SISTER ACT received five 2011 Tony Award nominations: BEST MUSICAL, BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (Alan Menken (music)/ Glenn Slater (lyrics)), BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL (Cheri & Bill Steinkellner and Douglas Carter Beane), BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL (Patina Miller) and BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL (Victoria Clark).  SISTER ACT was also nominated for four 2010 Olivier Awards, including Best Musical.

SISTER ACT features an original score with music by Academy, Tony, Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning composer Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, Newsies), lyrics by Tony and Academy Award-nominee Glenn Slater (The Little Mermaid), and a book by multi-Emmy Award winners Cheri and Bill Steinkellner (“Cheers”) with additional book material by Tony and Olivier Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane (Xanadu, The Little Dog Laughed).

Directed on Broadway by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks (Guys and Dolls, A Funny Thing…Forum, Smokey Joe’s Café), the production features choreography by Tony and Olivier Award nominee Anthony Van Laast (Mamma Mia, Bombay Dreams) and is based on the Touchstone Pictures motion picture Sister Act written by Joseph Howard.

The Broadway company of SISTER ACT currently features Raven-Symoné as Deloris Van Cartier, Carolee Carmello as Mother Superior, Fred Applegate as Monsignor, Sarah Bolt as Sister Mary Patrick, John Treacy Egan as Joey, Demond Green as TJ, Chester Gregory as Eddie, Kingsley Leggs as Curtis, Marla Mindelle as Sister Mary Robert, Audrie Neenan as Sister Mary Lazarus and Caesar Samayoa as Pablo. 

SISTER ACT tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe disco diva whose life takes an unexpected turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look—a convent!  Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly redis­covers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, SISTER ACT features an original Alan Menken/Glenn Slater score with a vast inspiration of musical styles from Motown, soul and funk to great big disco anthems and Barry White inspired musical comedy.  

SISTER ACT features scenery by Klara Zieglerova, costumes by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Natasha Katz, and sound by John Shivers.  The music department includes Musical Supervisor Michael Kosarin and orchestrations by Doug Besterman.

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SISTER ACT is performed at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway) on the following schedule
Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday -  Saturday at 8pm,  Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm, and Sunday at 3pm.  
Tickets, ranging in price from $40 - $127, can be purchased via www.telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200.
For more information, please visit www.sisteractthemusical.com

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