I have friends who are obsessed with the ‘Sister Act’ films. Like completely and utterly obsessed! When I told them that the film is coming to the Joburg Theatre stage, their excitement was at an all-time high. The musical has already been called ‘the biggest musical in Joburg this year’ and you can expect a whole lot from this production!
‘Sister Act’ will open on the stage of The Mandela at Joburg Theatre on July 10th and runs until August 16th 2015. Candida Mosoma will lead the show as Deloris Van Cartier, the role made famous by Whoopi Goldberg in the 1992 film. “The role of Deloris Van Cartier in Sister Act is – arguably – the flashiest and most challenging written for a black female in recent musical theatre history,” says Bernard Jay, the executive producer of the production. “It’s a star role for a star personality with star attitude. When Candida Mosoma walked into the audition room and started being Deloris from the first moment, we all knew we had found our star.”
“It’s a little daunting stepping into Whoopi Goldberg’s shoes, but what an opportunity! I intend to grab it with both hands and can’t wait to make the role my own,” said Candida. Kate Normington will play Mother Superior (legendarily portrayed by Maggie Smith in the movie) and Keith Smith will play the pivotal role of Monsignor O’Hara. The incredible Janice Honeyman has also been tapped to direct the production. “No-one in South Africa has proven herself to be in finer creative control of ‘non-replica’ mega-musical productions than Janice. No-one knows the magic possibilities of The Mandela stage like Janice,” says Bernard Jay. “I’m just so thrilled that she loves the show too and said yes!”
According to the press release, the production will focus on “Disco diva Deloris Van Cartier who witnesses a murder and is put in protective custody in one place the 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 uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.”
Naturally, there will be some incredible gospel music and with the talented team on board, you can expect nothing but a good time!
Date: 10 July – 16 August
Time: Tuesdays to Fridays at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm and 8pm and Sunday at 2pm.
Venue: The Mandela stage at Joburg Theatre
Price: Tickets range from R200 – R350
Book: Tickets are exclusively available from www.joburgtheatre.com or by calling 0861 670 670.
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