London musical, based on 1992 film, coming Stateside
The tuner version of “Sister Act” has booked the Broadway Theater for a spring opening on the Main Stem.Whoopi Goldberg, who toplined the 1992 screen comedy, and Stage Entertainment produce the musical incarnation, with tunes by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater, who also worked together on new material for the stage version of “The Little Mermaid.” Cheri and Bill Steinkellner (“Cheers”) pen the book. Jerry Zaks helms the New York version, taking over for Peter Schnei-der, who directed the current London staging now in the West End. Anthony Van Laast choreographs. Earlier versions of the musical have been seen at the Pasadena Playhouse in 2006 and at Atlanta’s Alliance Theater in 2007. Casting for the Gotham production has not yet been announced. American Patina Miller toplined the U.K. staging. “Sister Act” begins perfs March 24 ahead of an April 20 opening. Current tenant of the Broadway Theater, “Promises, Promises,” shutters Jan. 2.