'Sister Act' stage musical coming to town

05:00 AM, Feb 09, 2014

The Broadway touring company of Sister Act will be at the Auditorium Theatre from Tuesday through Sunday. (Photo provided by RBTL)/


Written By Caurie Putnam

If you go

What:
Sister Act.
When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Auditorium Theatre, 885 E. Main St.
Cost: $32.50 to $70.75. ChildrenÂ’s ticket free with each adult ticket bought for the Tuesday, Friday and 6:30 p.m. Sunday shows.
For tickets: Theater box office, (800) 745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.

It was 1992 when Whoopi Goldberg donned a habit and introduced the world to the hilarious, fish-out-of-water movie Sister Act.

A sequel and two decades later, Goldberg is introducing a new generation to Sister Actvia the stage version of the show.

If you happen to be familiar with the movie, it is very much the same,” says Melvin Abston, who performed in Sister Act on Broadway during its run from 2011 to 2012 and now stars in the national tour, which comes to the Auditorium Theatre Tuesday through Sunday.

Anyone from 8 to 80 will enjoy the show for different reasons,” says Abston, who plays Curtis Jackson, a “misunderstood” bad boy. “On the older spectrum, the music tends to take the audience back, and on the younger spectrum, the audience tends to really relate to the comedy.”

Sister Act tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier (Goldberg in the movie), a disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the police hide her in a convent.

While in the convent, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own and finds friendships in the process.

Hilarity ensues,” says Abston about Deloris’ time in the convent that, like the entire show, features a rich musical score written specifically for the stage version of Sister Actby eight-time Oscar winning composer Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors).

The variety of its musical styles, universal age appeal and the messages it delivers are reasons Rochester Broadway Theatre League made Sister Act its “Theatre Team” and “Kids Night on Broadway” show this season.

Theatre Team, which is a collaboration between RBTL and the Rochester School District, will bring more than 600 students from more than 10 schools to see the show.

Prior to their viewing, students will receive lessons from their teachers and other educators about the show, including Bob Sagan, RBTL’s director of education.

Under the Kids’ Night on Broadway program, theaters nationwide promote theater as a family entertainment option by offering a free children’s ticket for every adult ticket bought for certain shows.