SISTER ACT Returns To Manchester Next Month

Jamie Wilson is delighted to announce casting for Curve's all new production of the hit musical comedy SISTER ACT, directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood and opening next month at Manchester Palace Theatre from Mon 24 - Sat 29 July.

Joining the previously announced Alexandra Burke as 'Deloris Van Cartier' will be Joanna Francis as 'Michelle', Joe Vetch as 'Eddie', Karen Mann as 'Mother Superior' and Liz Kitchen as 'Sister Mary Lazarus'. Alexandra Burke will perform the role of 'Deloris Van Cartier' at all evening performances. At the matinee performances, the role of 'Deloris Van Cartier' will be played by Joanna Francis.

Aaron Lee Lambert will play 'Curtis', Susannah Van Den Berg 'Sister Mary Patrick', Allison Harding 'Sister Mary Theresa', Ricky Rojas 'Pablo', Samuel Morgan-Grahame as 'Joey' and Sandy Grigelis as 'TJ'. The company also includes Nicola Bryan, Lewis Cochrane, Jennifer Douglas, Aiesha Pease, Sally Peerless and Justin Wilman.

Alexandra Burke recently starred as 'Rachel Marron' in the national tour of "The Bodyguard", a part she also played in the West End. She originally rose to fame after winning the fifth series of The X Factor. Her debut number one single Hallelujah sold over one million copies in the UK, a first for a British female soloist. Burke's first album, Overcome saw the release of her subsequent number one singles Bad Boys and Start Without You. In 2011 she embarked on her first solo tour and was invited by Beyoncé to support her I Am... Tour. Her second album, Heartbreak on Hold, was released in June 2012.

Joanna Francis has recently finished performing in the West End production of "The Lion King". Her other credits include "Carmen Jones" at the Royal Festival Hall, "The Harder They Come" at the Barbican and Stratford East and as 'Sybil' in "The Big Life" at the Apollo Theatre.

Joe Vetch's West End credits include "A Little Night Music" at the Palace Theatre and "Dusty" at the Charing Cross Theatre. His touring credits include "Saturday Night Fever" and "The Threepenny Opera".

Karen Mann's extensive theatre credits include 'Golde' opposite Paul Michael Glaser in the national tour of "Fiddler on the Roof", the national tour of "I Dreamed A Dream - the Susan Boyle Story" and "Copacabana", "Martin Guerre" and "Spend, Spend, Spend", all at the Watermill Theatre. She most recently appeared in "The Witches", both at Curve, Leicester and on tour.

Liz Kitchen most recently played 'Yente' in the national tour of "Fiddler on the Roof". As a musician and musical director her credits include "Blood Brothers" in the West End, "Sweeney Todd" at The Liverpool Playhouse and "A Winter's Tale" at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Based on the smash hit movie starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith, SISTER ACT tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she won't be found - a convent! Disguised as a nun and under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.

This all new production of SISTER ACT is directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood with musical supervision and arrangements by Tony Award-Winner Sarah Travis. Set and costume design is by Matthew Wright, with lighting design by Richard G Jones and sound design by Richard Brooker.

Craig Revel Horwood is probably best known as a judge on BBC One's "Strictly Come Dancing". As a director and choreographer his many credits include the recent all-star concert of Stephen Sondheim's "Follies" at the Royal Albert Hall, "Sunset Boulevard" at the Comedy theatre in the West End, the national tours of "Fiddler on the Roof", "Spend Spend Spend" and "Chess" (also Toronto) and "The Witches of Eastwick", "Martin Guerre" and "Copacabana", all at the Watermill Theatre. Craig also wrote and directed a brand new show, "Strictly Confidential" that toured the UK starring familiar faces from Strictly Come Dancing as well as the annual arena tours of "Strictly Come Dancing". As a performer his West End Theatre credits include: 'Munkustrap' in "Cats" at the New London Theatre, "Miss Saigon" at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and 'Harry' in "Crazy for You" at the Prince Edward TheatrE. Craig most recently starred as 'Miss Hannigan' in the national tour of "Annie".

SISTER ACT features original music by the 8 time Oscar and Tony Award winner Alan Menken. Alan's credits include the films and stage musicals of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast", "Aladdin", "The Little Mermaid" and "Newsies" as well as "Tangled", "Enchanted", "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", "Pocahontas" and "Hercules" on film. His other credits include the film and stage production of "Little Shop of Horrors".

SISTER ACT has music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, with a book by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner and additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane. Based on the Touchstone Pictures Motion Picture "Sister Act" written by Jacob Howard.

Jamie Wilson Productions was formed in 2008 and has produced over 50 productions in the UK and internationally. These include Bruce Forsyth at the London Palladium, Robin Cousin's Ice and most recently the critically acclaimed and box office hits Calamity Jane and Tell Me on a Sunday, both with Jodie Prenger. Jamie Wilson Productions is currently working with the Watermill Theatre on Crazy for You with Tom Chambers.

Curve is a spectacular state-of-the-Art Theatre based in the heart of Leicester's vibrant Cultural Quarter. Opened in 2008 by Her Majesty The Queen, the award-winning building was designed by acclaimed architect Rafael Viñoly.

Curve is a registered charity providing engaging world-class theatrical experiences for local communities, enabling people of all ages and backgrounds to access, participate in and learn from the arts, nurturing new and emerging talent, and creating world-class theatrical experiences.

Under the leadership of Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster, Curve is developing a reputation for producing, programming and touring a bold and diverse programme of musicals, plays, new work and dance. All of this presented alongside a dynamic mix of community engagement and learning opportunities, which firmly places audiences and communities at the heart of what Curve does. Recent productions and co-productions Made At Curve include: Legally Blonde: The Musical (& Daegu Opera Festival, South Korea), Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's (& Haymarket Theatre, London & national tour), Ishy Din's Wipers (in collaboration with Belgrade Theatre Coventry & Watford Palace), Roald Dahl's The Witches (& national tour), Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, Hairspray, Shakespeare's Richard III, Akram Khan's Until the Lions, Sue Townsend's The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ - The Musical, and Jonathan Harvey's Beautiful Thing (& national tour).

Sister Act

Palace Theatre, Manchester

97 Oxford Street


M1 6FT

Monday 24 - Saturday 29 July 2017

Performances: Mon - Sat at 7.30pm | Weds & Sat Matinee at 2.30pm

Tickets: From £15

Box Office: 0844 871 3019* *

*Booking/transaction fee applies

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