Monday, 3 August 2015

Sister Act coming to the Liverpool Empire in Autumn 2016

Written By: Mark Armstrong

Provided By: Liverpool Empire Theatre

Jamie Wilson is delighted to announce a national tour of an all-new production of the hit musical comedy Sister Act, directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood with musical supervision and arrangements by Tony award-winning Sarah Travis. Sister Act will play the Liverpool Empire Theatre from Monday October 10-Saturday October 15 2016.

Tickets go on sale to ATG Theatre Card members on Monday August 3 2015 and on general sale on Wednesday August 5 2015.

Craig Revel Horwood, director and choreographer, commented: “I am truly thrilled to be directing and choreographing this all new production of Sister Act, a show I fell in love with when I saw it a few years ago. I am currently putting together a dream creative team, and I can’t wait to get started next year on this hilarious and wonderful show”.

Jamie Wilson, producer, added: “I am delighted to be presenting this all new production of Sister Act at both Curve, Leicester and on tour. I couldn’t think of a better theatre to be producing this show with and am thrilled Nikolai Foster and his team will be welcoming those singing nuns next summer!”

Nikolai Foster, artistic director of Curve, said: "It's been a great joy collaborating with Craig on Annie and having been inspired by many of his innovative productions as director, I know, along with Sarah’s inspired musical leadership, they will deliver an exhilarating and hugely original production at Curve".

Based on the smash-hit movie starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith, Sister Act tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she won’t be found – a Convent! Disguised as a nun and under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.

Sister Act features original music by the eight-time Oscar and Tony Award winner Alan Menken. Alan’s credits include the films and stage musicals of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and Newsies as well as Tangled, Enchanted, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pocahontas and Hercules on film. His other credits include the film and stage production of Little Shop of Horrors.

Craig Revel Horwood is probably best known as a judge on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing. As a director and choreographer, his many credits include the recent all-star concert of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies at the Royal Albert Hall, Sunset Boulevard at the Comedy theatre in the West End, the national tours of Fiddler on the Roof, Spend Spend Spend and Chess (also Toronto) and The Witches of Eastwick, Martin Guerre and Copacabana, all at the Watermill Theatre. Craig also wrote and directed a brand new show Strictly Confidential that toured the UK, starring familiar faces from Strictly Come Dancing as well as the annual arena tours of Strictly Come Dancing. As a performer, his West End Theatre credits include Munkustrap in Cats at the New London Theatre; Miss Saigon at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane; and Harry in Crazy for You at the Prince Edward Theatre. He is currently playing Miss Hannigan in the tour of Annie.

Sister Act has music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, with a book by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner and additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane. It is based on the Touchstone Pictures movie Sister Act, written by Jacob Howard.

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