Miller, Hancock and Lavender Cast in West End Premiere of Sister Act

News   Miller, Hancock and Lavender Cast in West End Premiere of Sister Act Casting has been announced for the London premiere of Sister Act, the new musical comedy based on the hit film of the same name. Previews will begin May 7 at the London Palladium with an official opening June 2.
Sister Act producer Whoopi Goldberg (l.) and her star, Patina Miller (r.)
Sister Act producer Whoopi Goldberg (l.) and her star, Patina Miller (r.) Photo by Joan Marcus

Whoopi Goldberg and Stage Entertainment will produce the production, which will feature 24-year-old U.S. actress Patina Miller (Hair at the Delacorte) in the lead role of Deloris Van Cartier. Goldberg played that role in the original film.

Miller will be joined by Sheila Hancock (Olivier Award winner for Cabaret) as Mother Superior, Ian Lavender as Monsignor Howard, Chris Jarman as Shank, Ako Mitchell as Eddie, Katie Rowley Jones as Sister Mary Robert, Claire Greenway as Sister Mary Patrick, Julia Sutton as Sister Mary Lazarus, Thomas Goodridge as TJ, Nicolas Colicos as Bones and Ivan De Freitas as Dinero.

The ensemble comprises Vanessa Barmby, Amy Booth-Steel, Julian Cannonier, Ben Clare, Helen Colby, Kate Coyston, Jennie Dale, Jaymz Denning, Nia Fisher, Alison Harding, Paul Kemble, Debbie Kurup, George Long, Hugh Maynard, Jo Napthine, Aysa O’Flaherty, Landi Oshinowo, Verity Quade, Helen Walsh and Emma Woods.

In a statement producer Goldberg said, "I am proud to announce that we've finally found you an amazing girl to play Deloris. It wasn't easy, but we did it. And boy, can she sing (unlike some people we know – me!). And in order to match her, we went for the best and we got the brilliant… Sheila Hancock is our Mother Superior, a legend and not just in my mind. I think together they will reinvent Sister Act and bring it to a whole new level…can you tell I'm excited?"

Sister Act, according to press notes, is described as such: "When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be found - a convent! Disguised as a nun she quickly finds fans amongst her fellow 'sisters' but makes the wrong impression on the convent's strict Mother Superior. When she turns her attention to the convent's off-key choir, helping the nuns to find their true voices and breathing new life into the rundown neighbourhood, her cover could be blown for good. With the gang giving chase, is time running out for Deloris? Or have they underestimated the power of her new found Sisterhood?" The creative team will also include musical supervisor Michael Kosarin, choreographer Anthony Van Laast, set designer Klara Zieglerova, costume designer Lez Brotherston, sound designer Mick Potter, lighting designer Natasha Katz and musical director Nick Skilbeck.

Sister Act — based on the 1992 movie that cast Goldberg in the role of the singer-turned-sister — has played engagements at the Pasadena Playhouse and Atlanta's Alliance Theatre.

Show times will be Monday-Saturday at 7:30 PM with matinees Wednesdays and Saturdays at 3 PM.

The London Palladium is located in London on Argyll Street. Tickets for the production, which is booking through Feb. 13, 2010, will be available by calling 0844 412 2704 or by visiting www.sisteractthemusical.com.

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