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Sister Act (2006)

Compositeur: Alan Menken

Parolier: Glenn Slater

Librettiste: Bill Steinkellner • Cherie Steinkellner

Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités

Résumé

When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be found - a convent! Disguised as a nun she quickly finds fans amongst her fellow ‘sisters’ but makes the wrong impression on the convent’s strict Mother Superior. When she turns her attention to the convent’s off-key choir, helping the nuns to find their true voices and breathing new life into the rundown neighbourhood, her cover could be blown for good. With the gang giving chase, is time running out for Deloris? Or have they underestimated the power of her new found Sisterhood?

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Historique du musical

Génèse du musical

Original productions, Pasadena and Atlanta
The musical premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, California on October 24, 2006 and closed on December 23, 2006. It broke records, grossing $1,085,929 to become the highest grossing show ever at the venue. Patina Miller, who would later go on to play the role of Deloris when the show opened in London, was in the ensemble and understudied Deloris.

The musical was directed by Peter Schneider, developed by Schneider and Michael Reno, choreographed by Marguerite Derricks, with set design by David Potts, costumes by Garry Lennon, lighting by Donald Holder, and sound by Carl Casella and Dominick Sack.

Charles McNulty of the Los Angeles Times wrote that the musical has "Broadway blockbuster written all over it," and Laurence Vittes described it as "hugely entertaining... likely to become a classic" in The Hollywood Reporter. Jonas Schwartz (Theatremania.com) was less enthusiastic, saying it "suffers from a bit of an identity crisis. When focused within the confines of the church and the convent, the show is heavenly, singing loudly and confidently. However, the scenes that take place in the outside world are painted with unnecessarily broad and occasionally offensive strokes. Moreover, Dawnn Lewis lacks punch in the lead role of Deloris Van Cartier... [she] is too whiny to fully command the stage."

The production then moved to the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, where it ran from January 17 to February 25, 2007. The cast included Dawnn Lewis as Deloris, Elizabeth Ward Land as the Mother Superior, and Harrison White as Curtis.

Curt Holman, writing for the Atlanta-based website CreativeLoafing.com, described it as "a whiplash-inducing experience of genuinely clever and exuberant flourishes alternating with cringe-inducing embarrassments.... The weakest parts of Sister Act tend to be the most faithful moments to the film, which makes you wonder what Menken, Slater and the production's delightful design team could have done with original material."

Original London production
Sister Act opened in the West End at the London Palladium on June 2, 2009, following previews from May 7. The production was directed by Peter Schneider and choreographed by Anthony Van Laast, with set design by Klara Zieglerova, costumes by Lez Brotherston and lighting by Natasha Katz. Following a year-long search, 24-year-old actress Patina Miller was cast as Deloris, alongside Sheila Hancock as the Mother Superior, Ian Lavender as Monsignor Howard, Chris Jarman as Shank, Ako Mitchell as Eddie, Katie Rowley Jones as Sister Mary Robert, Claire Greenway as Sister Mary Patrick and Julia Sutton (later replaced by Jacqueline Clarke) as Sister Mary Lazarus. It was announced on April 29, 2010 that pop singer Simon Webbe of Blue fame would join the cast as Shank on May 31, 2010 and that the production would close on January 1, 2011. It was then announced the show would close on October 30, 2010 to make way for Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical production of The Wizard of Oz. Chris Jarman took a planned break from the show from May, during which time Webbe played the role of Shank, and Sheila Hancock left on July 31 due to other contractual commitments. All cast members (with the exception of Simon Webbe, who left on August 28) stayed in the show until it closed. Whoopi Goldberg joined the cast as the Mother Superior for a limited engagement that was supposed to last from August 10–31, 2010, but she left the cast on August 27 due to her mother suffering a stroke. Goldberg was then succeeded by Sally Dexter. However, Goldberg returned to the cast for five performances on October 22, 23 and 25. The show closed as announced on October 30, 2010.

Original Broadway production
A new revised adaptation of the show opened on Broadway at the Broadway Theatre on April 20, 2011, after previews beginning March 24, 2011. Jerry Zaks was the new director with Douglas Carter Beane rewriting the book. (Zaks had previously worked with composer Alan Menken on the 2003 Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors.) Patina Miller, who originated the role of Deloris in the West End production, reprised the role on Broadway, making her Broadway debut. The original cast featured Victoria Clark (Mother Superior), Fred Applegate (Monsignor), Sarah Bolt (Sister Mary Patrick), Chester Gregory (Eddie), Kingsley Leggs (Curtis), Marla Mindelle (Sister Mary Robert) and Audrie Neenan (Sister Mary Lazarus). On October 12, 2011, Clark left the production for unknown reasons. Her understudy, Jennifer Allen played the role after her departure. Carolee Carmello took over the role of the Mother Superior on November 19, 2011. Raven-Symoné replaced Miller as Deloris on March 27, 2012. The show received multiple Tony Award nominations for the 2011 season, including for Best Musical, Best Actress in a Musical (Miller) and Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Clark). The production closed on August 26, 2012 after 28 previews and 561 performances.

Other productions
The German adaption of the show opened at the Operettenhaus in Hamburg on December 2, 2010. The role of Deloris Van Cartier is performed by Zodwa Selele (first cast) and Patricia Meeden (alternate first cast). Daniela Ziegler plays the role of Mother Superior, Tetje Mierendorf the role of Bones. Sister Mary Robert is being played by Ina Trabesinger, Sister Mary Patrick by Martin de Jager and Sister Mary Lazarus by Sonya Martin. In December 2012 Sister Act will move from Hamburg to Stuttgart.
An Austrian production (German Language) opened at the Etablissement Ronacher in Vienna in September 2011.
An Italian production opened in late 2011 at the National Theatre in Milan. It will run through the Theatrical Season (2011-2012). The cast includes Loretta Grace (Deloris), Dora Romano (Mother Superior), Timothy Martin (Eddie), Felice Casciano (Curtis Jackson), Laura Galigani (Sister Mary Robert), Simonetta Cartia (Sister Mary Lazarus), Giulia Marangoni (Sister Mary Patrick), Fabrizio Checcacci (Joey), Massimiliano Pironti (Tj), Giacomo Buccheri (Deniro).
In The Netherlands, Sister Act will open in 2013, after the musical Wicked. The role of Deloris van Cartier is performed by Carolina Dijkhuizen,[28] Frans Mulder is the Dutch Monsignor O’Hara and Simone Kleinsma will play the role of Mother Superior in the Dutch adaption.
The French production of the show will premier on September 20, 2012 at Paris' Theatre Mogador.

 

Détails

Liste des chansons

West End Song list
Act I
"Take Me to Heaven" – Deloris, KT, LaRosa & Backups
"Fabulous, Baby!" – Deloris, KT & LaRosa
"Here Within These Walls" – Mother Superior & Nuns
"How I Got the Calling" – Deloris, Mary Patrick, Mary Lazarus, Mary Robert & Nuns
"When I Find My Baby" – Shank, TJ, Bones & Dinero
"Do The Sacred Mass" – Deloris, Mary Patrick, Mary Lazarus, Mary Robert & Barflies
"I Could Be That Guy" – Eddie & Transients
"Raise Your Voice" – Deloris, Mary Patrick, Mary Lazarus, Mary Robert & Nuns
"Take Me to Heaven" (Reprise) – Monsignor Howard, Deloris, Mother Superior, Mary Patrick, Mary Lazarus, Mary Robert, Nuns & Photographers

Act II
"Sunday Morning Fever" – Monsignor Howard, Deloris, Mother Superior, Eddie, TJ, Bones, Dinero, Nuns & Barflies
"Lady in the Long Black Dress" – TJ, Bones & Dinero
"Bless Our Show" – Deloris, Mary Patrick, Mary Lazarus, Mary Robert & Nuns
"Here Within These Walls" (Reprise) – Mother Superior
"The Life I Never Led" – Mary Robert
"Fabulous, Baby!" (Reprise) – Deloris, Backups & Nuns
"Sister Act" – Deloris
"When I Find My Baby" (Reprise) – Shank
"The Life I Never Led" (Reprise) – Mary Robert
"Sister Act" (Reprise) – Deloris, Mother Superior, Mary Patrick, Mary Lazarus, Mary Robert & Nuns
"Spread the Love Around" – Mother Superior, Deloris, Mary Patrick, Mary Lazarus, Mary Robert, Nuns & Altar Boy

Broadway Song list
Act I
"Take Me to Heaven" – Deloris, Michelle & Tina
"Fabulous, Baby!" – Deloris, Michelle & Tina
"Here Within These Walls" – Mother Superior & Deloris
"It's Good to Be a Nun" – Deloris, Mary Patrick, Mary Robert, Mary Lazarus & Nuns
"When I Find My Baby" – Curtis, Joey, Pablo & TJ
"I Could Be That Guy" – Eddie & Bums
"Raise Your Voice" – Deloris, Mary Patrick, Mary Robert, Mary Lazarus & Nuns
"Take Me to Heaven" (Reprise) – Deloris, Mary Patrick, Mary Robert, Mary Lazarus & Nuns

Act II
"Sunday Morning Fever" – Deloris, Mother Superior, Monsignor O'Hara, Eddie, Mary Patrick, Mary Robert, Mary Lazarus, Nuns & Workers
"Lady in the Long Black Dress" – Joey, Pablo & TJ
"Haven't Got a Prayer" – Mother Superior
"Bless Our Show" – Deloris, Mary Patrick, Mary Robert, Mary Lazarus & Nuns
"The Life I Never Led" – Mary Robert
"Fabulous, Baby!" (Reprise) – Deloris, Eddie, Nuns & Fantasy Dancers
"Sister Act" – Deloris
"When I Find My Baby" (Reprise) – Curtis
"The Life I Never Led" (Reprise) – Mary Robert
"Sister Act" (Reprise) – Deloris, Mother Superior, Mary Patrick, Mary Robert, Mary Lazarus & Nuns
"Spread the Love Around" – The Company

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Versions du musical

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Version 1

Sister Act (2006-10-Pasadena Playhouse-Pasadena) (Original)
Durée : 1 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : mardi 24 octobre 2006
Première : mardi 24 octobre 2006
Dernière : dimanche 26 novembre 2006
Mise en scène : Peter Schneider
Chorégraphie : Marguerite Pomerhn Derricks
Avec : Elizabeth Ward Land (Mother Superior), Dawnn Lewis (Deloris Van Cartier), Harrison White (Curtis Shank), Henry Polic II (Monsignor Howard), David Jennings (Eddie Souther), Amy K. Murray (Sister Mary Patrick), Beth Malone (Sister Mary Robert), Audrie Neenan (Sister Mary Lazarus)
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Version 2

Sister Act (2007-01-Alliance Theatre-Atlanta) (Revival)
Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : mercredi 17 janvier 2007
Première : mercredi 17 janvier 2007
Dernière : dimanche 25 février 2007
Mise en scène : Peter Schneider
Chorégraphie : Marguerite Pomerhn Derricks
Avec : Elizabeth Ward Land (Mother Superior), Dawnn Lewis (Deloris Van Cartier), Harrison White (Curtis Shank), Henry Polic II (Monsignor Howard), David Jennings (Eddie Souther), Amy K. Murray (Sister Mary Patrick), Beth Malone (Sister Mary Robert), Audrie Neenan (Sister Mary Lazarus)
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Version 3

Sister Act (2009-05-London Palladium Theatre-London) (Original London)
Durée : 1 an 5 mois
Nombre : 591 représentations
Première Preview : jeudi 07 mai 2009
Première : mardi 02 juin 2009
Dernière : samedi 30 octobre 2010
Mise en scène : Jerry Zaks
Chorégraphie : Anthony Van Laast
Avec : Patina Miller (Deloris), Chris Jarman (Shank), Nicolas Colicos (Bones), Ivan de Freitas (Dinero), Ako Mitchell (Eddie), Katie Rowley-Jones (Sister Mary Robert), Julia Sutton (Sister Mary Lazarus), Claire Greenaway (Sister Mary Patrick), Sheila Hancock (Mother Superior), Ian Lavender (Monsignor Howard), Thomas Goodridge, Amy Booth Steel, Debbie Kurup.
Commentaires :
Was originally slated to close on January 1, 2011, but was forced to shutter early for Webber's new version of The Wizard of Oz.
Whoopi was forced to end her run early, but returned for one performance on October 22, and two each on October 23 and 25.
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Version 4

Sister Act (2011-04-Broadway Theatre-Broadway) (Original Broadway)
Durée : 1 an 4 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 28 previews - 561 représentations
Première Preview : jeudi 24 mars 2011
Première : mercredi 20 avril 2011
Dernière : dimanche 26 août 2012
Mise en scène : Jerry Zaks
Chorégraphie : Anthony Van Laast
Avec : Patina Miller (Deloris Van Cartier), Victoria Clark (ii) (Mother Superior), Sarah Bolt (Sister Mary Patrick), Marla Mindelle (Sister Mary Robert), Audrie Neenan (Sister Mary Lazarus), Chester Gregory II (Eddie Souther), Fred Applegate (Monsignor Howard), John Treacy Egan (Joey), Demond Green (TJ), Kingsley Leggs (Curtis Shank)
Commentaires :
On January 31, 2011, several theatre sources reported that Raven-Symoné (of Cosby Show, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, and That's So Raven! fame) would be replacing Patina Miller.
Recorded at the matinee on February 8, 2012 for the Lincoln Center Archives.
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