Sister Act [Original London Cast Recording]

Sister Act [Original London Cast Recording]


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The producers of the stage musical adaptation of the 1992 comedy film Sister Act must have faced an important decision early on about how to handle the music. The movie tells the story of a Reno lounge singer played by Whoopi Goldberg who witnesses a gangster murder and, in a variation on the Witness Protection Program, is stashed away in a San Francisco convent by police to await her testimony at trial, meanwhile being disguised as a nun. There, she takes over the choir, transforming it into a religiously oriented version of her '60s pop/soul act to the point of having the nuns sing Mary Wells' "My Guy" (as "My God") and the Isley Brothers' "Shout." So, the question is, when you decide to adapt the film to the stage, do you retain those songs, making Sister Act a "jukebox musical"; do you bring in songwriters to write a new score; or do you combine the two approaches? The producers decided to go the all-new-music route, and to that end they hired composer Alan Menken (best known for Disney films like The Little Mermaid) and lyricist Glenn Slater. Still, the music in the Sister Act film is integral to the story, so those oldies are missed. The standard Broadway approach of giving every major character a song doesn't always work, notably when the lounge singer's gangster boyfriend sings of his determination to find -- and kill -- her in "When I Find My Baby." The song is just too bloodthirsty for the show. Elsewhere, Menken writes pastiches of the songs the audience probably expected to hear and will be disappointed not to. These include not only ersatz Motown, but also "Sunday Morning Fever," a disco
ap number. The talented Patina Miller (who seems to be channeling Patti Labelle, perhaps appropriately, since the story has been re-set in Philadelphia in the 1970s) leads an enthusiastic cast in trying to make this material work, but it really isn't a patch on the music from the movie. [This Original London Cast album, originally issued by First Night Records in the U.K. in 2009, was released in the U.S. by Ghostlight Records on March 22, 2011, two days before the first Broadway preview performance. Patina Miller crossed the Atlantic to repeat her Olivier Award-winning portrayal in New York, with an otherwise all-new American cast.]

Product Details

Release Date: 03/29/2011
Label: Ghostlight
UPC: 0791558444629
catalogNumber: 84446
Rank: 76602

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sheila Hancock   Vocals
Nicolas Colicos   Vocals
Jo Napthine   Vocals
Patina Miller   Vocals
Landi Oshinowo   Vocals
Debbie Kurup   Vocals
Claire Greenway   Vocals
Helen Walsh   Vocals
Thomas Goodridge   Vocals
Philippa Stefani   Vocals
Katie Rowley Jones   Vocals
Sister Act Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Julia Sutton   Vocals
Verity Quade   Vocals
Vanessa Barmby   Vocals
Paul Kemble   Vocals
Nicholas Skilbeck   Conductor
Nia Fisher   Vocals
Kerry Enright   Vocals
Julian Cannonier   Vocals
Jennie Dale   Vocals
Jaymz Denning   Vocals
Ivan de Freitas   Vocals
Ian Lavender   Vocals
Hugh Maynard   Vocals
Helen Colby   Vocals
George Daniel Long   Vocals
Chris Jarman   Vocals
Aysa O'Flaherty   Vocals
Amy Booth Steel   Vocals
Allison Harding   Vocals
Ako Mitchell   Vocals

Technical Credits

Mark Hummel   Dance Arrangement
Alan Menken   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Glenn Slater   Lyricist
Michael Kosarin   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Niall Acott   Engineer
Gary Smith   Illustrations
Martin Hollis   Pro-Tools
Bill Steinkellner   Book
Doug Besterman   Producer,Orchestration
Matt Wolf   Liner Notes
Nicholas Skilbeck   Music Direction
Cheri Steinkellner   Book
Peter Schneider   Stage Direction

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