Douglas Carter Beane
(© David Gordon)
Douglas Carter Beane
(© David Gordon)
Tony and Olivier award nominee Douglas Carter Beane will provide additional book material to the upcoming Broadway musical Sister Act, working alongside Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning book-writers Cheri and Bill Steinkellner. The show will begin previews at the Broadway Theatre on March 24, with an opening night set for April 20.

The musical, which is based on the film of the same name, tells the story of a disco diva put into protective custody in a convent after she runs away from her gangster boyfriend. The show features an original score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater. Jerry Zaks will direct, with choreography by Anthony Van Laast. Whoopi Goldberg, who starred in the film Sister Act, is among the producers.

Beane received a Tony Award nomination and the Drama Desk Award for the book of the musical Xanadu. His play The Little Dog Laughed was nominated for a Tony for its Broadway production, and an Olivier Award for its West End run. Other plays include As Bees in Honey Drown, Mr. & Mrs. Fitch, Music From a Sparkling Planet, The Country Club, Advice From a Caterpillar, and The Cartells. He has also written the books for the musicals The Big Time, The Bandwagon, and Lysistrata Jones, which will be produced Off-Broadway this spring.

As previously reported, the Broadway company of Sister Act will feature Olivier Award-nominee Patina Miller as Deloris Van Cartier, Tony Award-winner Victoria Clark as Mother Superior, Fred Applegate as Monsignor, Sarah Bolt as Sister Mary Patrick, John Treacy Egan as Joey, Demond Green as TJ, Chester Gregory as Eddie, Kingsley Leggs as Curtis, Marla Mindelle as Sister Mary Robert, Audrie Neenan as Sister Mary Lazarus and Caesar Samayoa as Pablo.

The ensemble will include Jennifer Allen, Natalie Bradshaw, Charl Brown, Christina DeCicco, Holly Davis, Madeleine Doherty, Alan H. Green, Blake Hammond, Wendy James, Carrie A. Johnson, Kevin Ligon, Louise Madison, Marissa Perry, Ernie Pruneda, Corbin Reid, Lance Roberts, Rashidra Scott, Jennifer Simard, Lael Van Keuren, Roberta Wall and Alena Watters.

The production will feature scenery by Klara Zieglerova, costumes by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Natasha Katz, and sound by John Shivers. The production team will also include musical supervisor Michael Kosarin, music director Brent-Alan Huffman, and orchestrator Doug Besterman.

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