Carmello returns to Broadway after recently starring in the 5th Avenue Theatre production of Saving Aimee. She succeeds Tony Award winner Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza), who received a 2011 Tony nomination for creating the role of Mother Superior in the Broadway production of Sister Act.
The role of Mother Superior was revised since the London staging and a new song, "Haven't Got a Prayer," was added for Broadway. Clark's final performance was Oct. 12. Understudy Jennifer Allen has performed the role since that date.
Carmello is a two-time Tony Award nominee for Parade and Lestat. Her Broadway appearances also include The Addams Family, Mamma Mia!, 1776, Urinetown, The Scarlet Pimpernel, City of Angels and Falsettos. Off-Broadway she has been seen in Hello Again, Elegies, A Class Act, jon and jen and Das Barbecü.
The Sister Act principal cast also includes Tony and Olivier Award nominee Patina Miller as Deloris Van Cartier, Fred Applegate (Young Frankenstein) as Monsignor, Sarah Bolt (Wicked) as Sister Mary Patrick, John Treacy Egan (The Producers) as Joey, Demond Green (The Toxic Avenger) as TJ, Chester Gregory (Dreamgirls) as Eddie, Kingsley Leggs (The Color Purple) as Curtis, Marla Mindelle (South Pacific) as Sister Mary Robert, Audrie Neenan (Picnic) as Sister Mary Lazarus and Caesar Samayoa (The Pee-wee Herman Show) as Pablo.
Tony Award-winning director Jerry Zaks (Guys and Dolls, The Addams Family) directs Sister Act, which has a book by Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane (The Little Dog Laughed, Xanadu), as well as Emmy winners Cheri and Bill Steinkellner. Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) and lyricist Glenn Slater (Love Never Dies) penned the score. Sister Act received Tony nominations for Best Book, Best Score and Best Musical.
The ensemble includes Jennifer Allen, Chris Bohannon, Natalie Bradshaw, Charl Brown, Christina DeCicco, Holly Davis, Madeleine Doherty, Alan H. Green, Carrie A. Johnson, Louise Madison, Kimberly Marable, Marissa Perry, Ernie Pruneda, Trisha Rapier, Lance Roberts, Rashidra Scott, Jennifer Simard, Danny Stiles, Lael Van Keuren, Roberta B. Wall and Alena Watters.
Michael Kosarin serves as musical supervisor, with dance music arrangements by Mark Hummel, orchestrations by Doug Besterman and electronic music by Andy Barrett. Music director is Brent-Alan Huffman.
According to producers, "When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place cops are sure she won't be found — a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and an uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community, but in doing so blows her cover. Soon the gang are giving chase, only to find themselves up against Deloris and the power of her new found Sister Hood."
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