Alan Menken

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Sister Act

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! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and an uptight Mother Superior. Using her fabulous “disconess” 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.

 

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The cast of “Sister Act” performs at the 2011 Tony Awards.

The "Sister Act" marquis at the London Palladium.

"Fabulous Baby"

Alan's Thoughts

“Sister Act” is actually my first musical written directly for Broadway.  All of my others were adaptations of my film musicals or transfers from Off-Broadway and it thrills me to see it opening all over the world; in Paris, London, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Milan etc.  All of the machinations one hears about leading up to our Broadway opening, are true in this case.  Half the score got scrapped and rewritten. Directors came and went.  Our leads changed.  Producers changed.  Book writers changed and in the end, I love this show so much.  I’d go through it all again, gladly.