New U.K. Production of Sister Act to Star Alexandra Burke

News   New U.K. Production of Sister Act to Star Alexandra Burke
 
The previously announced all-new production of Sister Act, based on the 1992 film of the same name and originally seen in the West End in 2009 and on Broadway in 2011, is to star the 2008 winner of the U.K.'s "X Factor," Alexandra Burke. It will begin performances at the Curve July 30, where it will run through Aug. 13, prior to a new U.K. national tour.
The cast of <i>Sister Act</i>
The cast of Sister Act

The production is directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood.

Burke can currently be seen starring as Rachel Marron in the national tour of The Bodyguard, a part she also played in the West End. She originally rose to fame after winning the fifth series of "The X Factor." Her debut number one single "Hallelujah" sold over one million copies in the U.K., a first for a British female soloist. Her first album "Overcome" saw the release of her subsequent number one singles "Bad Boys" and "Start Without You." In 2011 she embarked on her first solo tour and was invited by Beyoncé to support her "I Am..." tour. Her second album "Heartbreak on Hold" was released in June 2012.

In a press statement, she said, "I’m over the moon to be given the opportunity to play the wonderful Deloris in Sister Act. It’s such an iconic role and a part I’ve always wanted to play. I love touring the U.K. and I’m thrilled to be working with Craig and his amazing creative team. I can’t wait to get started!”

With music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, a book by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner and additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane, it is based on the Touchstone Pictures Motion Picture "Sister Act" written by Jacob Howard.

The 2009 West End production was produced by Stage Entertainment, Whoopi Goldberg and Michael Reno for Sis Acts LLC, and it was subsequently brought to Broadway by Whoopi Goldberg and Stage Entertainment in association with The Shubert Organization and Disney Theatrical Productions. The tour is being presented by Jamie Wilson. Best known as a judge on BBC One’s "Strictly Come Dancing," Horwood is currently playing Miss Hannigan in a regional tour of Annie. Previous performing credits include Munkustrap in Cats at the New London, Miss Saigon at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and Crazy for You at the Prince Edward Theatre. He recently directed Follies at the Royal Albert Hall; other West End credits include Sunset Boulevard that transferred to the Comedy Theatre (now the Pinter) from Watermill's Newbury. He has also directed tours of Fiddler on the Roof, Chess, The Witches of Eastwick, Martin Guerre and Copacabana.

He is joined by a creative team that includes musical supervision and arrangements by Sarah Travis, set and costume design by Matthew Wright, lighting design by Richard G. Jones and sound design by Richard Brooker.

For full touring dates and to book tickets, visit www.sisteractuktour.co.uk.

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