Jennifer Saunders and Beverley Knight will lead the cast of the musical Sister Act when it hits theaters in London following delays caused by the pandemic.
production first announced in 2019 will finally open in July this year, running until the end of August at the Eventim Apollo.
Absolutely Fabulous star Saunders will take to the stage as Mother Superior, while the West End’s Main Knight will take on the role of Deloris Van Cartier, the disco diva hiding in a convent disguised as a nun after She witnessed a murder.
Whoopi Goldberg was slated to reprise the role of Van Cartier, after starring in the 1992 film version, but was forced to withdraw due to challenges that arose during the pandemic.
The cast will also include Keala Settle as Sister Mary Patrick, Lesley Joseph as Sister Mary Lazarus, Clive Rowe as Eddie Souther and Lizzie Bea as Sister Mary Robert.
Producer Jamie Wilson said: “Hallelujah! We’re excited to finally share news of this amazing cast and can’t thank the audience enough for their patience and support of the production since we first announced it back in 2019.
“I am delighted that the immense talent of Jennifer Saunders and Beverley Knight will lead the company, with equally talented Keala Settle, Lesley Joseph, Clive Rowe and Lizzie Bea completing our all-star main cast. .”
Knight will join the production after the huge success of her role as Faye Treadwell in The Drifters Girl at the Garrick Theatre, which earned her an Olivier Award nomination.
Saunders is best known for performing with Dawn French on their BBC sketch show, and has also appeared on stage in productions including Lady Windermere’s Fan at the Vaudeville Theater and Blithe Spirit at Theater Royal, Bath.
Sister Act is directed by Bill Buckhurst, choreographed by Alistair David, with set designs by Morgan Large.
It will run at London’s Eventim Apollo from Tuesday 19 July to Sunday 28 August.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/hallelujah-cast-announced-for-sister-act-musical-after-pandemic-delays-41462060.html Hallelujah! Cast announcement for Sister Act musical after pandemic delay