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Subject: Re: Sheila Hancock to star in Sister Act: The Musical

Theresa H
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Date Posted: Friday, January 30, 02:50:09am
In reply to: Leila 's message, "Sheila Hancock to star in Sister Act: The Musical" on Thursday, January 29, 06:38:38pm

Thanks Leila. That sounds wonderful!! Im not always a big fan of musicals, but that one I know Id like. I loved the movie and to have Sheila as the Mother Superior would be a hoot!

Hey I WILL be in London in the first week of June this year!! I wonder when in June it will be on??? If Im around then I DEFINITELY will go!!! Oh please keep me informed of when its on when you hear? Thanks.

I see Sheila is mentioned there as wife of late John Thaw (among other things). Well thats something Sheila would be happy to acknowledge having being married to John. But it doesnt really seem relevant to this story hey? I wonder if that irks Sheila. Guess shes used to it?

Cheers and thanks!

>The 7 million stage show will have its world premiere
>at the London Palladium in June. It will be produced
>by Whoopi Goldberg, who played the lead in the 1992
>Goldberg originally starred as Deloris Van Cartier, a
>Las Vegas club singer who witnesses a Mafia murder and
>seeks refuge in a convent, where she breathes new life
>into the nuns' choir.
>Hancock, 75, will play the formidable Mother Superior,
>portrayed in the film by Dame Maggie Smith. Patina
>Miller, a 24-year-old US actress, will take the role
>of Deloris. If the show is a hit it will transfer to
>Goldberg told The Daily Telegraph she was "thrilled"
>to cast Hancock, the Olivier Award-winning actress and
>wife of the late John Thaw. "Sheila Hancock is one of
>those people who you just look at and think, 'If only
>I could be half as good.' I felt the same about Maggie
>Smith. To have someone of Sheila's stature is
>fantastic because it's just what this show needs."
>The actress is launching Sister Act during a testing
>time for theatreland. The West End enjoyed a record
>year in 2008, but there have been gloomy predictions
>about the coming year as the recession takes hold.
>Musicals are proving more resilient than plays, and
>Goldberg hopes Sister Act will emulate the success of
>Mamma Mia!, Dirty Dancing and Hairspray, which have
>prospered despite the downturn.
>"People want to be entertained - they want something
>that says, 'You know what? It's rough out there but
>let's have fun.' In the Depression of the 1930s,
>people went to the cinema to spend their last five
>cents. That's when people fell in love with Shirley
>Temple, because she offered a haven from the realities
>of life. Theatre has that same effect. Our aim is to
>deliver a fun, exciting show."
>The musical will not be a carbon copy of the film,
>which took $250 million at the box office. Deloris has
>been transformed into a talented singer, unlike the
>hopelessly out-of-tune character played by Goldberg.
>The Motown soundtrack has been replaced by a score
>from the Oscar-winning Alan Menken, whose credits
>include Little Shop of Horrors and Beauty and the
>Goldberg, star of Ghost and The Colour Purple, said
>she was not tempted to appear in the show herself:
>"Are you kidding me? Are you nuts? I'm 53. I can't do
>eight shows a week of anything. And it's written for
>people who can actually sing."
>Sister Act opens on June 2, with previews from May 7.
>"It was the general consensus that we would have a
>richer time in London than anywhere. If you're going
>to open out of town, then London's the out of town you
>want to be in," said Goldberg.

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