As the opening of Sister Act: The Musical approaches we thought it’ll be cool to share some fun facts about the show!
Deloris as sister Mary Clarence was partially inspired by a real nun. Mother Dolores Hart was a Hollywood actress, singer, and dancer. She starred in movies like Where the Boys Are and King Creole. She became a nun and left the industry at 24 years old.
There are two different versions of Sister Act: The Musical. One is set on Christmas Eve and Deloris wants to go to Philadelphia to become a star; this musical is performed on Broadway here in America. The second musical is already set in Philadelphia and is performed at the West End, which is like Broadway in London, England.
Paul Rudnick, the writer of the movie, wanted it to be a drag comedy and thought a nun’s habit was close enough for drag for a woman.
The musical originated in 2006 in Pasadena, CA.
The musical was nominated for five Tony awards, including Best Musical, but sadly did not win any of them.
Bette Midler was the original lead actress in the movie and not Whoopi.
Carrie Fisher helped with re-writing the script.
The actor who played the detective in the Sister Act movie is named Bill Nunn!
The original character name was not Deloris, but Terri Van Cartier. It changed to Deloris because Whoopi wanted to play someone named Deloris.
The original music was made by Alan Menken, an eight-time Oscar winner.