National Tour of Sister Act Announces Cast Changes; Chester Gregory Joins Company
By Andrew Gans
Producers Whoopi Goldberg, Stage Entertainment and Troika Entertainment have announced a few cast changes for the North American tour of the Tony-nominated musical Sister Act, which has just begun its second year of performances.
Chester Gregory returns to the musical to play Eddie Souther, the role he originated on Broadway, while Melvin Abston, currently on tour with Sister Act, steps into the role of Curtis Jackson. Ashley Moniz, also on tour with the production, will now play the role of Sister Mary Robert.
Sister Act also stars Ta'Rea Campbell as Deloris Van Cartier, Hollis Resnik as Mother Superior, Florrie Bagel as Mary Patrick, Diane J. Findlay as Mary Lazarus, Todd A. Horman as Joey, Ernie Pruneda as Pablo, Charles Barksdale as TJ and Richard Pruitt as Monsignor O'Hara.
The company includes Gisela Adisa, Brian Calì, Karen Elliott, Jeremy Gaston, Jacqui Graziano, Erin Henry, Brian M. Love, Mary Jo McConnell, Michael Millan, Michelle Rombola, Dawn Rother, Mary Searcy, Jason Simon, Angie Marie Smith, Tricia Tanguy, Kelly E. Waters, Erin Wilson and Carla Woods.
"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!" press notes state. "Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and an uptight Mother Superior. Using her fabulous disco-ness 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."
Based on the feature film, Sister Act features an original Alan Menken/Glenn Slater score and a book by multi-Emmy Award winners Cheri and Bill Steinkellner with additional book material by Tony and Olivier Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane. Directed on Broadway by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, the production features choreography by Tony and Olivier Award nominee Anthony Van Laast.
The musical also 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.
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