HMT to get the Sister Act habit

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The hugely successful musical Sister Act is heading for a two-week run in His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen next year, direct from London’s West End.

The Whoopi Goldberg and Stage Entertainment production played to more than a million people at the London Palladium and will open at HMT on Tuesday, May 8, next year as part of its first nation-wide tour.

It is the latest in a series on blockbusting musicals to come to the city centre theatre, from The Sound of Music and Spamalot last year, to next year’s production of Dirty Dancing.

“We were thrilled to open Sister Act in London but I’m even more excited to have the show tour the UK so even more folks experience those singing nuns,” said Whoopi Goldberg.

“It’s a great show for everyone, your kids, your granny, even the neighbour next door who you might not like so much. I promise, you’ll have a great night in the theatre. Look out Britain - the Sisters are coming!”

“We are really delighted that Sister Act will be coming to HMT in May next year,” said Duncan Hendry, chief executive of Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA), which runs the theatre as well as the Music Hall and The Lemon Tree.

“This is one of a succession of major productions to come to His Majesty’s in recent years, since the theatre was redeveloped in 2005. It reflects the success of the new HMT and the strength of the economy in the North-east.”

Based on Whoopi Goldberg’s 1993 movie, which was nominated for two Golden Globe awards, the show tells the story of disco diva Deloris Van Cartier who witnesses a murder and ends up in protective custody, disguised as a nun in a convent.

It features a score by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, with lyrics by Glenn Slater and the book is by the award-winning team, Cheri and Bill Steinkellner, whose writing credits include the classic television comedy Cheers.

Sister Act opened at the London Palladium in May 2009 to huge critical and audience acclaim and went on to receive four Laurence Olivier Award nominations, while its cast album shot to Number 1 on the iTunes soundtrack chart.

During its London Palladium run, the show broke Box Office records for the highest grossing single performance and highest grossing week for any musical ever at that venue.

A hugely-anticipated New York production opens on Broadway next month, followed by productions in Austria, Spain, France, South Korea, Japan and Brazil. Casting for the UK tour will be announced soon.

Tickets for Sister Act go on general sale on Friday (March 25) on online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall, His Majesty’s Theatre and The Lemon Tree.