THE SCREENING ROOM: Sister Act, Doubt, "Nunsense" and More Celebrate the Sassy Sisters of Theatre (Video)

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25 Aug 2012

The sisters from Broadway's Sister Act will retire their habits and vacate the convent Aug. 26. In celebration of the musical's run and the holy ladies of Sister Act, Playbill.com takes a look back at the various screen and stage nuns throughout the years.

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Here are highlights from the Broadway production of Sister Act, which opened in April 2011 starring Tony nominee Patina Miller as Deloris Van Cartier:

Watch Playbill Video's interviews with the sisters following Sister Act's opening night on Broadway:

During the run of Sister Act, Playbill featured the holy ladies in the Playbill Video exclusive webseries "The Real Housenuns." Here are parts one and two:

And, here are parts three and four of "The Real Housenuns":

The 1959 musical The Sound of Music features a score by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II with a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. The musical was later adapted into a 1965 film starring Julie Andrews as Maria, the postulant who looks over the von Trapp children. Here is a live performance of Andrews singing "The Hills Are Alive With the Sound of Music":

John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Doubt was adapted into a 2008 film starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams as the Catholic school nuns who begin to question Father Flynn's (Philip Seymour Hoffman) relationship with Donald Miller, the only black student at the Bronx Catholic school. Here is the film's trailer:

Nunsense is a musical comedy with a book, music and lyrics by Dan Goggin. The show was later adapted for television, starring Rue McClanahan. Here is a clip from the movie in which Sister Mary Amnesia sings about the pleasures of being a nun. We've also included a scene with McClanahan:

The pop-rock musical Bare, which recently announced casting for its commercial Off-Broadway run, is set in a Catholic boarding school. Here is audio from the 2007 album recording of "911! Emergency!," which features Stephanie Andersen as Sister Chantelle:

"The Singing Nun" is a 1966 semi-biographical film about the life of Jeanine Deckers, a nun who recorded the chart-topping hit song "Dominique." Here is a clip of the film's star Debbie Reynolds:

Late Night Catechism is a comedy play about a fictitious Catholic nun, written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan. Here are highlights from the play starring Donovan:

Here, Oscar winner Sally Field (The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, "Norma Rae") sings "So Glad I Can Fly" from 1960s television series "The Singing Nun":