Two of the stars of the hugely successful musical Sister Act will be familiar to Aberdeen audiences when the show reaches His Majesty’s Theatre in May.
For BOTH Michael Starke and Denise Black have been leading ladies on the city stage within the past 18 months!
Michael played the larger-than-life Edna Turnblad in the sensational Hairspray back in March, while Denise was one of the ladies who almost bared all in the sell-out production of Calendar Girls last summer.
Best-known for playing Denise Osbourne in Coronation Street and Hazel Tyler in Queer As Folk, Denise plays the Mother Superior in the upcoming musical, while Michael – famed as Brookside’s Sinbad and Corrie kebab shop owner Jerry Morton – takes on the role of Monsignor O’Hara. They will play alongside Cynthia Erivo as disco diva on the run, Deloris Van Cartier.
The Whoopi Goldberg and Stage Entertainment production of Sister Act played to more than a million people at the London Palladium and will open at HMT on Tuesday, May 8, as part of its first nation-wide tour.
“We are really pleased to welcome back Michael and Denise to HMT," said Duncan Hendry, chief executive of Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA), which runs the theatre as well as the city’s Music Hall and The Lemon Tree.
"Sister Act is one of a succession of major West End productions to come to His Majesty’s and this reflects the success of the new HMT and the strength of the economy in the North-east.”
Based on Whoopi Goldberg’s 1993 movie, which was nominated for two Golden Globe awards, the show tells the story of Deloris who witnesses a murder and ends up in protective custody, disguised as a nun in a convent.
Delighted that the West End hit is now to tour the UK, Whoopi Goldberg said:
“It's a great show for everyone…your kids, your granny, even the neighbour next door who you might not like so much! Look out Aberdeen - the Sisters are coming!”
The show features a score by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, with lyrics by Glenn Slater and the book is by the award-winning team, Cheri and Bill Steinkellner, whose writing credits include the classic television comedy Cheers.
Sister Act opened at the London Palladium in May 2009 to huge critical and audience acclaim and went on to receive four Laurence Olivier Award nominations, while its cast album shot to Number One on the iTunes soundtrack chart.
During it London Palladium run, the show broke Box Office records for the highest grossing single performance and highest grossing week for any musical ever at that venue.
Tickets for Sister Act are available on online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall, His Majesty’s Theatre and The Lemon Tree.