Musical finds grace on Great White Way
“Sister Act” kept the faith on the Great White Way: The musical comedy concluded with a papal visit, and Wednesday’s church-themed afterparty featured all kinds of churchy trappings.Directed by party staffers in clerical robes, theatergoers took a bus from the Broadway Theater to former bank Gotham Hall – a venue that has hosted everyone from Paris Hilton to the Disney Channel execs in recent weeks. “I confess the sin of pride,” said composer Alan Menken at the packed party, shouting over the sound of the band playing the Isley Brothers’ “Shout” (the song in the movie’s finale). “We really went for a real, genuine Broadway show with genuine depth, and I couldn’t be happier with it.” Whoopi Goldberg was more reticent. “Do I have anything to confess to Variety?” she asked herself. “Only that I’ll see Tim Gray soon.” Well-wishers at the shindig included Sylvester Stallone and Barbara Walters, who mugged for the cameras on the red carpet before entering the discoed-up Gotham Hall, where they partied with stars Victoria Clark, Fred Applegate and lead Patina Miller, who abandoned her character’s habit and purple suede platform thigh-highs for a form-fitting gold dress.