TWITTER WATCH: Alan Menken Wants SISTER ACT Recording
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Alan Menken had this to say @AlMenken: Hard to contain my frustration over having no SISTER ACT original Broadway cast album. When will our producers wake up? "Raise Your Voice"!
Broadway composer Alan Menken, has created the music for such shows as Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Leap of Faith and Sister Act.
Menken is best known for his numerous scores for films produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, most notably, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Pocahontas, each of which won him two Academy Awards. Menken has collaborated on several occasions with lyricists including Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Stephen Schwartz. He has won a total of eight Oscars, more than any other living individual. He has been Oscar-nominated a total of eighteen times.
SISTER ACT features an original score with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Tony Award-nominee Glenn Slater The Little Mermaid, a book by multi-Emmy Award winners Cheri and Bill Steinkellner "Cheers", and additional book material by 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.
The Broadway company of SISTER ACT features Olivier Award-nominee Patina Miller as Deloris Van Cartier, Tony Award-winner Victoria Clark as Mother Superior, Fred Applegate as Monsignor,Sarah Bolt as Sister Mary Patrick, John Treacy Egan as Joey, Demond Green as TJ, Chester Gregory as Eddie, Kingsley Leggs as Curtis, Marla Mindelle as Sister Mary Robert, Audrie Neenanas Sister Mary Lazarus and Caesar Samayoa as Pablo.
The ensemble of SISTER ACT includes: Jennifer Allen, Natalie Bradshaw, Charl Brown, Christina DeCicco, Holly Davis, Madeleine Doherty, Alan H. Green, Blake Hammond, Wendy James, Carrie A. Johnson, Kevin Ligon, Louise Madison, Marissa Perry, Ernie Pruneda, Corbin Reid, Lance Roberts, Rashidra Scott, Jennifer Simard, Lael Van Keuren, Roberta Wall and Alena Watters.
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 and community, 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.