‘Sister Act’ coming to Sac

“Sister Act,” the family friendly, over the top spectacle with nuns that rock, opens at Community Center Theater on Tuesday, April 8 for a limited engagement, running through April 13.

“Sister Act” is produced by Whoopi Goldberg, Stage Entertainment and Troika Entertainment, featuring an original score with music by multi-Academy, Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning composer Alan Menken (“Little Shop of Horrors,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Enchanted”), lyrics by Tony and Academy Award-nominee Glenn Slater (“The Little Mermaid”), and a book by multi-Emmy Award-winners Cheri and Bill Steinkellner (“Cheers”) with additional book material by Tony and Olivier Award-nominee Douglas Carter Beane (“Xanadu,” “The Little Dog Laughed”).

Directed on Broadway by four-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Zaks (“Guys and Dolls,” “A Funny Thing … Forum,” “Smokey Joe’s Café”), the production features choreography by Tony and Olivier Award-nominee Anthony Van Laast (“Mamma Mia,” “Bombay Dreams”) and is based on the Touchstone Pictures motion picture “Sister Act” written by Joseph Howard.

When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place cops are sure she won’t be found — a convent. Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and an uptight Mother Superior.

Using her fabulous disco-ness and killer voice to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church but in doing so blows her cover. Soon it’s nun-on-the-run time but she finds salvation in the heavenly power of her newly found sisterhood.

Based on the mega-hit feature film, “Sister Act” features an original Alan Menken/Glenn Slater score with a vast inspiration of musical styles from Motown, soul and funk to great big disco anthems and Barry White-inspired musical comedy.

“Sister Act” features scenery by Klara Zieglerova, costumes by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Natasha Katz and sound by John Shivers. The music department includes musical supervisor Michael Kosarin, music director Brent-Alan Huffman and orchestrations by Doug Besterman.

Joe Dziemianowicz of The New York Daily News raves, “A blessed event has landed on Broadway. ‘Sister Act’ is a feel-good crowd pleaser worth celebrating. It keeps on purring from one happy moment to the next.”

Charles Isherwood of The New York Times says, “When the wimples start quivering and the nuns start rocking to raise the Gothic rafters, all’s right in the kingdom of musical comedy.”

Tickets for “Sister Act” range from $21 to $88, and are available by calling 916-557-1999 or at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office, 1419 H St. in Sacramento. Tickets are also available at the Convention Center box office, 1301 L St. in Sacramento, by calling 916-808-5181, or online at

Evening performances are Tuesday, April 8 through Saturday, April 12 at 8 p.m.; matinée performances are Thursday, April 10; Saturday, April 12; and Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m. Community Center Theater is located at 1301 L St. in Sacramento. For more information visit

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Following “Sister Act” the final show in the 2013-14 Broadway Sacramento season is “Wicked,” running from May 28 to June 15.

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