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'Sister Act' Is the Next Smash-Hit Broadway Musical That's Set to Finally Make Its Australian Premiere

Inspired by the 90s films of the same name, the five-time Tony-nominee will make its Aussie debut in Sydney in August 2024, then head to Melbourne from November.
By Sarah Ward
February 05, 2024
By Sarah Ward
February 05, 2024

The year was 1992. Aladdin, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Batman Returns, Lethal Weapon 3 and A Few Good Men ruled the international box office. Slipping into a habit and sliding in next on the list, becoming the sixth-biggest hit of the year: Sister Act. The film about singing nuns spawned a sequel, with word of a third movie floating around for years since — and, as everything from Mean Girls and Muriel's Wedding to Groundhog Day and Beetlejuice has also done, it inspired a stage musical as well.

The theatre take on the Whoopi Goldberg (The Color Purple)-led film franchise debuted in California in 2006, then hit West End in 2009 and Broadway in 2011. Now, from August 2024, it's finally Australia's turn. Sister Act will make its Aussie premiere at Sydney's Capitol Theatre to see out winter, then make a date with the Regent Theatre in Melbourne from November.

(If you live in other cities, start praying that it comes your way as well; however, for now, only Sydney and Melbourne seasons have been announced.)

The first movie was filled with songs like 'Rescue Me', 'My Guy' and 'I Will Follow Him', making its soundtrack a smash as well, so the film was always primed to tread the boards. The Sister Act musical features original tunes, with Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid) doing the honours. Among the show's rewards so far: five Tony Award nominations and six Olivier Award nominations.

"It is a joyous thing to produce a musical that has never been seen in Australia before and I feel very blessed to be bringing Sister Act to our shores," said producer John Frost, announcing the Aussie seasons.

"It's a brilliant, must-see show that will lift audiences up and I know Australians will get into the habit of seeing again and again."

Story-wise, the production follows Deloris, who witnesses a murder and has to go into protective custody. Her hideout: a convent. It's there that the nightclub singer finds a struggling choir, which she begins to help.

So far, no cast details have been announced for the Aussie run — so who'll literally be donning a habit is yet to be revealed.

Sister Act Australian Tour 2024:

From August 2024 — Capitol Theatre, Sydney
From November 2024 — Regent Theatre, Melbourne

Sister Act will hit the stage in Australia from August 2024. For further information or to join the waitlist, with tickets on sale from Thursday, February 29, head to the show's website.

Top image: Sister Act UK & Ireland Touring Production 2023-24, Mark Senior.

Published on February 05, 2024 by Sarah Ward
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