Alexandra Burke to star in UK tour of SISTER ACT
Jamie Wilson is delighted to announce that Alexandra Burke will star as ‘Deloris Van Cartier’ in the national tour of Curve’s all new production of the hit musical comedy SISTER ACT, directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood with musical supervision and arrangements by Tony award-winning Sarah Travis. SISTER ACT will open at Curve on Saturday 30 July 2016. Tour schedule below with further dates and full casting to be announced shortly.
Craig said “I am truly thrilled that Alexandra is going to be our leading lady in this all new production of Sister Act at Curve. Alexandra is such a fantastic singer and actress that I know she is going to be amazing. I couldn’t think of anyone better to play the role of the smart and funny Deloris.’
Alexandra said “I’m over the moon to be given the opportunity to play the wonderful Deloris in Sister Act. It’s such an iconic role and a part I’ve always wanted to play. I love touring the UK and I’m thrilled to be working with Craig and his amazing creative team. I can’t wait to get started!”
Alexandra Burke can currently be seen starring 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.
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.
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”.
This all new production of SISTER ACT is directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood with musical supervision and arrangements by 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 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 hit Calamity Jane. As well as Sister Act, future productions include Tell Me on a Sunday with Jodie Prenger.
Curve is one of the UK’s leading producing theatres, achieving both audience and critical acclaim. Opened in 2008, Curve’s award-winning building offers a completely unique visitor experience. Led by Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster, the theatre has become renowned for the quality of its home-grown musicals and drama productions with recent successes including Roald Dahl’s The Witches, Lionel Bart’s Oliver! Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire and Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole The Musical.
SISTER ACT UK TOUR 2016/17
ALEXANDRA BURKE WILL NOT BE PERFORMING AS ‘DELORIS VAN CARTIER’ AT ANY MATINEE PERFORMANCES
SATURDAY 30 JULY – SATURDAY 13 AUGUST 2016
CURVE, LEICESTER – www.curveonline.co.uk
MONDAY 22 AUGUST – SATURDAY 27 AUGUST 2016
LEEDS GRAND THEATRE – www.leedsgrandtheatre.com
MONDAY 29 AUGUST – SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2016
MANCHESTER PALACE – www.atgtickets.com/venues/palace-theatre-manchester
MONDAY 5 SEPTEMBER – SATURDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2016
SUNDERLAND EMPIRE – www.atgtickets.com/venues/sunderland-empire
MONDAY 12 SEPTEMBER – SATURDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2016
BIRMINGHAM ALEXANDRA THEATRE – www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-alexandra-theatre-birmingham
MONDAY 19 SEPTEMBER – SATURDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2016
BRISTOL HIPPODROME – www.atgtickets.com/venues/bristol-hippodrome
MONDAY 26 SEPTEMBER – SATURDAY 1 OCTOBER 2016
MILTON KEYNES – www.atgtickets.com/venues/milton-keynes-theatre
TUESDAY 4 OCTOBER – SATURDAY 8 OCTOBER 2016
GLASGOW KING’S THEATRE – www.atgtickets.com/venues/kings-theatre
MONDAY 10 OCTOBER – SATURDAY 15 OCTOBER 2016
LIVERPOOL EMPIRE – www.atgtickets.com/venues/liverpool-empire
MONDAY 17 OCTOBER – SATURDAY 22 OCTOBER
HIGH WYCOMBE SWAN – www.wycombeswan.co.uk
MONDAY 24 – SATURDAY 29 OCTOBER 2016
TRURO HALL FOR CORNWALL – www.hallforcornwall.co.uk
MONDAY 31 OCTOBER – SATURDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2016
IPSWICH REGENT THEATRE – www.ipswichregent.com
MONDAY 7 NOVEMBER – SATURDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2016
BELFAST GRAND OPERA HOUSE – www.goh.co.uk
MONDAY 14 NOVEMBER – SATURDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2016
DUBLIN BORD GAIS – www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie
ON SALE SOON
MONDAY 21 NOVEMBER – SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2016
SOUTHEND CLIFFS PAVILION – www.southendtheatres.org.uk
FURTHER DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
Photo: Jay Brooks