It has been announced that leading international recording artist Simon Webbe is to join the cast of the show on Monday May 31. Simon will play the role of Curtis Shank, the bad-boy lover of the story’s heroine Deloris Van Cartier. Shank’s various job titles include nightclub owner, gangster and love machine!
Producers Whoopi Goldberg and Stage Entertainment have also announced for the closure of Sister Act The Musical on 1st Jan 2011.
Based on the smash-hit movie, Sister Act features a brand new score by 8 time Oscar winner Alan Menken whose credits include Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and most recently the hit movie Enchanted.
Patine Miller plays Deloris with Sheila Hancock as the Mother Superior and Ian Lavender as Monsignor Howard.
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It has been announced by West End musical Spring Awakening is to close five months early on May 30. The show had originally been booking until October 31, having transferred to the Novello Theatre from the Lyric Hammersmith on March 21. It will have played for only ten weeks in the West End by the time it closes.
Frank Wedekind’s groundbreaking 1890s play was a daring exploration of teenage sexual awakening set against a backdrop of religious and parental repression. Acclaimed writer Steven Sater and songwriter Duncan Sheik’s new musical version retains the period setting of the original and introduces a superb collection of contemporary songs that serve to express the private anguish and ecstasy of the young characters. Stunning 21st century design and superb performances by the predominantly young cast combine to create an exhilarating energy that drives a remarkably compelling and timeless story.
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