A brand new production of Sister Act is coming to Leeds Grand Theatre next year.
The musical is based on the iconic movie starring Whoopi Goldberg, telling the story of a disco diva who is hidden in a convent under protective custody when she witnesses a murder. Can Deloris help her fellow sisters find their voices, and rediscover her own?
Sister Act features original music by Tony® and eight-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (who has previously written music for Disney’s Aladdin and Enchanted), lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner with additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane.
Produced by Jamie Wilson and Whoopi Goldberg in collaboration with Leicester Curve, the smash hit musical is loved across the world. Now, it’s been specially rewritten to allow Brenda Edwards, former X Factor star, chance to play Deloris Van Cartier.
Edwards is one of the UK’s most wonderful leading ladies with West End and touring credits include Killer Queen in We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre and original UK Tour), Mama Morton in Chicago (West End and 10th Anniversary Gala), and most recently Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray (UK Tour).
Whoopi Goldberg said: “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”.
Sister Act comes to Leeds Grand Theatre from Tuesday 12th to Saturday 23th May 2020.
Photograph credited to Matthew Murphy