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

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Date Posted: Thursday, February 05, 06:19:10am
In reply to: Leila 's message, "Sheila Hancock to star in Sister Act: The Musical" on Thursday, January 29, 06:38:38pm

Sounds great Sandra!! Would love to see you again! Anyway I have emailed you and Leila and we can keep in touch and discuss plans.

>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The Motown soundtrack has been replaced by a score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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