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    ‘Sister Act’ to bring soul to Centennial Hall this week

    Photo courtesy of Broadway in Tucson Broadway in Tucson will kick off its season with “Sister Act,” scheduled to run from Tuesday to Sunday at Centennial Hall.

    Broadway in Tucson General Manager Lendre Kearns didn’t mince words about the company’s production of “Sister Act.”

    “How can you miss nuns in sequins?” she said.

    The musical comedy will open tonight at UA Centennial Hall and is scheduled to run through Sunday. Based off of the 1992 film, the musical follows Deloris Van Carter, a Reno, Nev., lounge singer who is sent into witness protection in a convent after witnessing her mobster boyfriend commit murder. Deloris is soon ordered to join the choir, and ends up coaching the other singers to success.

    “Sister Act” is a show full of fun and energy featuring a unique, contemporary R&B score. Through music and song the characters learn about themselves, Kearns said, starting as caricatures and then slowly changing into relatable people.

    “‘Sister Act’ has characters you fall in love with,” Kearns said. “Comedy succeeds with characters you can root for.”

    Broadway in Tucson is celebrating its 10th anniversary season by collaborating with UApresents at Centennial Hall. Kearns added that the partnership allows Broadway in Tucson productions to be more accessible and to bring locals to campus.

    The collaboration of Broadway in Tucson and UApresents will add a diverse quality to the performances at Centennial Hall, Kearns added. Performances such as “Sister Act” will “add a note to the entertainment,” Kearns said.

    Two hours before every show, the Student Rush sale at the box office will offer $25 CatCard tickets, up to two per student, said Broadway in Tucson marketing and sales manager Mario Di Vetta. Student prices are always made available at Broadway in Tucson shows, Vetta said.

    The arts are meant to be enjoyed by everyone, Vetta said, adding that anyone familiar with the movie starring Whoopi Goldberg is guaranteed to enjoy the musical. The musical score was written by Alan Menken, a composer with eight Oscars under his belt for movies such as “Aladdin” and “The Little Mermaid.”

    The cast of this production of “Sister Act” will be the first to welcome back Chester Gregory, who is reprising his role of “Eddie” from the original show on Broadway, Vetta said, adding that this week’s production is “an opportunity feet away to see a Broadway show.” The national tour cast of “Sister Act” celebrated its second anniversary last week.

    UApresents is delighted to host “Sister Act” and other Broadway in Tucson productions, said Darsen Campbell, UApresents marketing and publicity manager.

    “’Sister Act’ is a high energy show,” Campbell said. “It is a great way to kick off the season with Broadway in Tucson.”

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