The tour will begin performances at Manchester's Opera House Sept. 29, prior to an official opening there Oct. 4, then continue to Oxford, Edinburgh, Sunderland, Bradford, Dublin, Bristol, Eastbourne, Wolverhampton, Southampton, High Wycombe, Nottingham, Leeds, Aberdeen, Liverpool and Plymouth. The tour is currently booking through July 14, 2012.
In a press statement, co-producer Whoopi Goldberg (who is partnered by Stage Entertainment) commented, "We were thrilled to open Sister Act in London but I'm even more excited to have the show tour the UK so even more folks experience those singing nuns. It's a great show for everyone…your kids, your granny, even the neighbor next door who you might not like so much! I promise, you'll have a great night in the theatre. Look out Great Britain and Ireland - the Sisters are coming!"
Black is best known for playing hairdresser Denise Osbourne in TV's "Coronation Street." Other TV credits include "Bad Girls," "Queer as Folk," "Dalziel and Pascoe" and "Midsomer Murders." On stage, she recently toured the country in Grumpy Old Women Live! Other stage credits include winning the Manchester Evening News Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Roots at the Royal Exchange. She is also the lead singer of the folk-rock band The Loose Screw who gig extensively around the UK.
Starke is best known for his role as Thomas "Sinbad" Sweeney in the popular soap "Brookside," which he played for 16 years. He was also a series regular playing Kenneth Hopkirk in Sunday night ITV1 drama "The Royal." In 2007 he joined the cast of ITV1's "Coronation Street" as kebab shop owner Jerry Morton. Onstage, he most recently played Edna Turnblad in the UK tour of Hairspray. Other stage credits include The Play What I Wrote, Anything Goes, The Rocky Horror Show, Hamlet and numerous pantomime appearances.
The cast also includes Julie Atherton as Sister Mary Robert, Edward Baruwa as Eddie Souther, Cavin Cornwall as Curtis Jackson, Gavin Alex as Pablo, Jacqueline Clarke as Sister Mary Lazarus, Tyrone Huntley as TJ and Laurie Scarth as Sister Mary Patrick. Sister Act features a score by Alan Menken, with lyrics by Glenn Slater and book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner and additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane.
Originally seen in the UK at the London Palladium, Sister Act is currently running at New York's Braodway Theatre, with another production also running in Hamburg. Future productions are planned for Italy, Austria, Spain, France, Holland, South Korea, Japan and Brazil soon. For further details on the tour, visit www.sisteractthemusical.com.