The world premiere work — billed as "a fabulous disco spin on the heavenly hit movie" — will be a co-production with California's Pasadena Playhouse, which had already announced the musical for Oct. 24-Nov. 26, 2006.
A Jan. 17-Feb. 25, 2007, run in Atlanta was announced Feb. 28. Peter Schneider, the former producer for Disney's theatrical division, will direct.
In the 1992 movie with a screenplay by Joseph Howard, Whoopi Goldberg played a Reno, NV, singer running from her thug boyfriend and finding sanctuary in a convent. She becomes to choir director and brings a little soul to the habitués there. Veterans Maggie Smith and Mary Wickes were among the sisters who arched their eyebrows in the picture. A sequel, "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit," followed.
Alan Menken is the Tony Award-nominated, Academy Award-winning composer of stage and film musicals, including Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Carol, "The Little Mermaid" and more.
No casting has been announced.
The Steinkellners' other recent musical is the libretto to David Zippel's Princesses, still in development.
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