I have to admit that when it was announced that the London production of Sister Act was coming to Broadway I wasn't that excited. My first thought was, "Here we go again. Another successful movie from the 90's turned into a big splashy Broadway musical." Be there. Done that. Now imagine my surprise when I turned into The View last week and saw a musical number from the upcoming show.
Now while the song itself didn't blown me away I can see why the producers chose to bring it's leading lady Patina Miller over from London to open the show. What a voice. Ms. Miller who will be making her Broadway debut in the leading role of nun on the run Delores Van Carter originated the role in the 2009 London production following a year long international search where she understudied the role during multiple productions in North America.
Sounds familiar doesn't it? A talented but unknown actress is plucked out of the chorus and became a star. Ding. Ding. That's right. 42nd Street. Now while there is no denying the similarity between the two I was talking about the story of another chorus girl turned leading lady. That's right. The one and only Miss Sutton Foster. You've all heard of her right?
Back in 2002 she too was floundering in the chorus of the Broadway bound Thoroughly Modern Millie when she was tapped to take over the leading role. Of course we all know what happened next. She won rave reviews and won the Tony Award that year for Best Actress in a Musical. By the way that show was produced by Whoopi Goldberg who also happens to be producing Sister Act.Will lighting strike twice? We shall see. Until next time theatre fans.
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