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Fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful run in Sin­ga­pore, the Aus­tralasian tour­ing pro­duc­tion of Sis­ter Act makes its highly awaited stop in Manila. Pre­sented by Ova­tion Productions, it opens later this month at the So­laire Re­sort & Casino. Based on the hit 1992 com­edy star­ring Whoopi Gold­berg, the mu­si­cal has been up­dated with sig­nif­i­cant changes in the plot and all-new mu­sic and lyrics by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater for the stage ver­sion. Fans of the film will have lit­tle to worry about, how­ever, as the mu­si­cal re­tains the in­fec­tious, feel-good vibe while making an even big­ger spec­ta­cle out of the song and dance num­bers. It made its West End de­but in 2010—with Gold­berg ap­pear­ing as the Mother Su­pe­rior this time for se­lect shows—and then opened on Broad­way the year af­ter. In the mu­si­cal, Deloris Van Cartier is a wise­crack­ing lounge singer who goes on the lam af­ter wit­ness­ing a mur­der by the mob. Forced to go into hid­ing, she en­ters a con­vent where she is coldly treated by the strict mother su­pe­rior. Deloris, how­ever, makes the most of the sit­u­a­tion and whips the con­vent’s pa­thetic choir into shape; when the singing nuns later gar­ner na­tional at­ten­tion, Deloris’ cover is blown. As the goons close in, will her prayers be an­swered? Mir­a­cles do hap­pen. June 27 to July 9, the Theatre at So­laire, 1 Aseana Av­enue, Parañaque; tick­ets avail­able through Tick­etWorld, 891.9999, tick­etworld.com.ph; so­lair­ere­sort.com.

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