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'Sister Act' comes to life on stage at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach

SISTER ACT takes the pulpit from March 4-9 at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.
SISTER ACT takes the pulpit from March 4-9 at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.
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Since 2009, theatre fans in London and across the pond in New York have been able to enjoy the singing sensation that is Sister Act, five-time Tony®-nominated musical smash, which is based on the movie by the same name starring Whoopi Goldberg. Now, patrons of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach have their shot to see the show, which runs from March 3-9 in the Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall.

For anyone who hasn't had the privilege of seeing the amazing film, here is a basic rundown of the plot line of the show. When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place 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 an uptight Mother Superior. Using her fabulous disconess and killer voice to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church, but in doing so blows her cover. Soon it’s nun-on-the-run time but she finds salvation in the heavenly power of her newly found sisterhood. Goldberg, who is also a producer, stepped into the role of Mother Superior last summer on Broadway.

Called “In a word, DIVINE!” by the Associated Press, Sister Act, which is produced by Whoopi Goldberg, Stage Entertainment and Troika Entertainment, features an original score with music by multi-Academy, Grammy and Golden Globe Award winning composer Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Enchanted), lyrics by Tony and Academy Award-nominee Glenn Slater (The Little Mermaid), and a book by multi-Emmy Award winners Cheri and Bill Steinkellner (“Cheers”) with additional book material by Tony and Olivier Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane (Xanadu, The Little Dog Laughed).

Directed on Broadway by four-time Tony® Award winner Jerry Zaks (Guys and Dolls, A Funny Thing…Forum, Smokey Joe’s Café), the production features choreography by Tony and Olivier Award nominee Anthony Van Laast (Mamma Mia, Bombay Dreams) and is based on the Touchstone Pictures motion picture SISTER ACT written by Joseph Howard.

Elisabeth Vincentelli of The New York Post calls SISTER ACT, “One of the season’s happiest surprises! Off the charts and packed with goodies, to which we say: Amen!” Joe Dziemianowicz of The New York Daily News raves “A blessed event has landed on Broadway. SISTER ACT is a feel-good crowd pleaser worth celebrating. It keeps on purring from one happy moment to the next.” Charles Isherwood of The New York Times says, “When the wimples start quivering and the nuns start rocking to raise the Gothic rafters, all’s right in the kingdom of musical comedy!” and Mark Kennedy of The Associated Press calls SISTER ACT, “In a word, divine. This is a musical that hits all the right spots, achieving something close to Broadway grace. It will convert you."

Sister Act features scenery by Klara Zieglerova, costumes by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Natasha Katz, and sound by John Shivers. The music department includes Musical Supervisor Michael Kosarin, Music Director Brent-Alan Huffman, and orchestrations by Doug Besterman.

SISTER ACT takes the pulpit Tuesday, March 4 at 8:00 p.m.; Wednesday, March 5 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Thursday, March 6 at 8:00 p.m.; Friday, March 7 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, March 8 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, March 9 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $25 and may be purchased at the Kravis Center’s Official Website; by calling the Box Office at (561) 832-7469 or (800) 572-8471; or in person at the Kravis Center Box Office located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. Group orders of 10 or more receive a discount and may be placed by calling 561-651-4438 or 561-651-4304.

Patrons are invited to enjoy a free musical presentation by the Hilltop Missionary Baptist Church Choir at 7:15 p.m. on March 4, 2014, and the students from The Broadway Artist Intensive on March 7 at 7:15 p.m. in the Dreyfoos Hall lobby. This Kravis On Broadway show is sponsored by Sallie A. and Thomas O. Monroe, Sr., and Carolyn and Richard Sloane.

The Local Getaways Examiner was lucky enough to be selected to attend the opening night performance on the Loge Level in the "Tweet Suite". Stay tuned to this column for more information on this and other productions at the Kravis Center this year.

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