In September 2012, 20 years after the release of the movie, the nuns of Sister Act will get to sing in Paris, and in French, at the Théâtre Mogador, currently home of the French version of Mamma Mia! (which will then go on tour). It will be produced by Stage Entertainment France and Whoopi Goldberg. Stage Entertainment France is also the producer of two hit musicals currently running in Paris: Cabaret (at the Théâtre Marigny) and Mamma Mia!
Casting and creative team for the French production of Sister Act will be announced at a later date.
Based on the 1992 Whoopi Goldberg movie of the same name, Sister Act has a score by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, Leap of Faith) and Glenn Slater (Love Never Dies, Leap of Faith). Emmy Award-winning writers Cheri and Bill Steinkellner wrote the book for the original London production with additional text by Douglas Carter Beane (The Little Dog Laughed, Xanadu) for the Broadway production. The show is directed by Jerry Zaks. Whoopi Goldberg and Stage Entertainment produce the Broadway run, which opened April 20, 2011, and received five Tony nominations.
Sister Act follows the steps of disco singer Deloris Van Cartier as she hides in a convent after witnessing a murder. As Sister Mary Clarence, Deloris has some trouble adjusting to the strict secluded life, but she soon finds satisfaction when she turns the choir into a dazzling sensation.
Sister Act is currently running in New York, in Hamburg and in the UK (currently touring). It will also play in Milan (starting Oct. 27). According to a press release, productions are in the works in Spain, the Netherlands, South Korea, Japan, Australia and Brazil. (Stéphane Ly-Cuong is a Paris-based freelance writer and director; he can be reached by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.)