On November 12th, Clay Aiken wrote a long and exciting blog on his Official Fan Club Board. He discussed this and that including some news about his next album and even some snippets on some political thoughts.
One of the things he mentioned caught my eye. He wrote:
“While in London last time I went, with Hannah, to see Sister Act: the Musical. I went because I thought it would be a disaster and I wanted to see how bad it would be. I was SOOO WRONG. It was incredible. REALLY great. The sets were some of the most amazing I have EVER seen on a stage and the music was SPECTACULAR. Alan Menken, who wrote Aladdin and Beauty and The Beast and MUCH more, wrote the music for this… it was SOOO good. Makes me REALLY want to do hunchback of Notre Dame (which he also wrote) on Broadway. Anyone know anyone at Disney Theatricals? Wanna pull some strings? 😉
I thought it would be interesting to learn more about this show.
Sister Act The Musical is a new musical comedy based on the international hit movie of the same name. The show is currently at the London Palladium and opened on June 2, 2009. The show is produced by Whoopi Goldberg who starred in the Sister Act movies.
I am sure you all remember the story of disco diva Deloris Van Cartier, who witnesses a murder. She is put in protective custody in the one place the police are sure she won’t be found – a convent!
When she turns her attention to the convent’s off-key choir, she tries to help the nuns find their true voices and breathe new life into the rundown neighborhood. This is good for the convent, but bad for Deloris as her cover could be blown for good.
Sister Act features a score by Alan Menken, who is an eight-time Oscar winner and the man behind many songs from the Disney movies, including The Little Mermaid, Beauty & The Beast, Aladdin and Enchanted. The Sister Act musical lyrics are by Alan’s long-time collaborator, Glenn Slater.
Whoopi Goldberg is producing this musical version of Sister Act. One of the best-known performers in the world, Whoopi Goldberg’s career spans from film and television, to stage and recording, to radio host and best-selling author. She is one of the few people who has won an Academy Award, a Grammy, a Golden Globe, an Emmy and a Tony Award.
The Telegraph is the largest selling British “quality” paper in the United Kingdom. Their review of Sister Act follows:
A production of Sister Act at the London Palladium proves more enjoyable on stage than on film
I caught the show at the final preview with an audience of regular punters rather than the usual first-night rent-a-mob, and the cheers and standing ovation at the end were both genuine and deserved. The book, by Cheers writers Cheri and Bill Steinkellner, is strong, funny and touching. And the disco-inspired score by Disney favourite Alan Menken, with neat lyrics by Glenn Slater, is a cracker. Frankly, what’s not to like, especially when you’ve got a chorus line of jiving nuns singing their hearts out ecstatically?
Clay Aiken seems to have great taste in his picks of musical stage productions. Sister Act, the Musical seems to be a show that should be seen. And, how nice that Clay got to spend some time with his good friend, Hannah Waddingham.
I have included a couple of videos that feature the cast of Sister Act, The Musical. I hope you enjoy them.