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Alexandra Burke to star in SISTER ACT National Tour

SISTER ACT. Alexandra Burke as 'Deloris Van Cartier'.
Alexandra Burke as ‘Deloris Van Cartier’. Photo by Jay Brooks

Casting update 2nd June 2016
Joining the previously announced Alexandra Burke as ‘Deloris Van Cartier’ will be Joanna Francis as ‘Michelle’, Jon Robyns as ‘Eddie’, Karen Mann as ‘Mother Superior’ and Rosemary Ashe 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’, Sarah Goggin ‘Sister Mary Robert’, 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, Jennifer Douglas, Aiesha Pease, Sally Peerless and Justin Wilman.

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 Theatre Leicester on Saturday 30th July 2016. The tour schedule is 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.

SISTER ACT. Craig Revel Horwood & Alexandra Burke.
Craig Revel Horwood & Alexandra Burke. Photo by Jay Brooks

Based on the successful 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.

ALEXANDRA BURKE WILL NOT BE PERFORMING AS ‘DELORIS VAN CARTIER’ AT ANY MATINEE PERFORMANCES

Tour Listing
Saturday 30th July – Saturday 13th August 2016
CURVE, LEICESTER
www.curveonline.co.uk

Monday 22nd August – Saturday 27th August 2016
LEEDS GRAND THEATRE
www.leedsgrandtheatre.com

Monday 29th August – Saturday 3rd September 2016
MANCHESTER PALACE
www.londontheatre1.com/theatres/palace-theatre-manchester/

Monday 5th Setember – Saturday 10th September 2016
SUNDERLAND EMPIRE
www.londontheatre1.com/theatres/sunderland-empire/

Monday 12th september – Saturday 17th September 2016
BIRMINGHAM ALEXANDRA THEATRE
www.londontheatre1.com/theatres/alexandra-theatre-birmingham/

Monday 19th September – Saturday 24th September 2016
BRISTOL HIPPODROME
www.londontheatre1.com/theatres/bristol-hippodrome-theatre/

Monday 26th September – Saturday 1st October 2016
MILTON KEYNES
www.londontheatre1.com/theatres/milton-keynes-theatre/

Tuesday 4th October – Saturday 8th October 2016
GLASGOW KING’S THEATRE
www.londontheatre1.com/theatres/kings-theatre-glasgow/

Monday 10th October – Saturday 15th October 2016
LIVERPOOL EMPIRE
www.londontheatre1.com/theatres/liverpool-empire-theatre/

Monday 17th October – Saturday 22nd October 2016
HIGH WYCOMBE SWAN
www.wycombeswan.co.uk

Monday 24th October – Saturday 29th October 2016
TRURO HALL FOR CORNWALL
www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Monday 31st october – Saturday 5th November 2016
IPSWICH REGENT THEATRE
www.ipswichregent.com

Monday 7th November – Saturday 12th November 2016
BELFAST GRAND OPERA HOUSE – www.goh.co.uk

Monday 14th November – Saturday 19th November 2016
DUBLIN BORD GAIS – www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie
ON SALE SOON

Monday 21st November – Saturday 26th November 2016
SOUTHEND CLIFFS PAVILION
www.southendtheatres.org.uk

FURTHER DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED

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