A brand new production of the smash hit musical Sister Act will open at Curve, Leicester next April at the start of a new UK tour which will culminate in a London season, it has been announced.
A hit musical on both sides of the Atlantic, this brand new production will star Brenda Edwards in the specially rewritten role of Deloris Van Cartier.
Jamie Wilson, who is producing the show with Whoopi Goldberg, said today “I am thrilled to create a new version of Sister Act, in particular reworking the part of Deloris for an older actor.
“I’m also delighted to be continuing our relationship with Curve in Leicester by developing this new production with them.”
“And I’mso pleased that the hugely talented Brenda Edwards will launch this production for us.
Whoopi Goldberg said today: “Deloris is a big fun character with lots of personality!
“Brenda auditioned for this show when it first happened in the UK and didn’t get the part because she was too old, so we’ve rectified that!
“Previous versions have had Deloris as a 23-year-old – but there are different stakes when you’re older. You can be much more irreverent when you’re older than you can be when you’re in your twenties and thirties.
“Time makes you funnier! I really am so thrilled Sister Act is coming back to the UK in 2020 with this new version”.
Brenda Edwards first came to the public’s attention when she became a semi-finalist in the 2005 series of ITV1’s The X Factor.
Since then, she has become one of the most sought-after leading ladies in musical theatre.
Her many West End and touring credits include Killer Queen in We Will Rock You, Mama Morton in Chicago, Nettie Fowler in Carousel, Pearl Pastor in Carmen Jones and, most recently, Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspary.
Based on the iconic movie, this sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, sisterhood and music tells the hilarious story of the 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 UK TOUR 2020
April 21 – May 2, Curve Leicester,
May 11 – 23, Leeds Grand Theatre
May 25 – 30, Theatre Royal, Newcastle
June 9- 20, Lyceum, Sheffield
June 22 – July 4, Manchester Opera House
FURTHER UK DATES AND LONDON SEASON TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON