Backstage Pass: What Goes On Behind the Stage of the Broadway Musical ‘Sister Act’

Broadway musical comedy Sister Act has finally premiered on Tuesday at The Theatre at Solaire in Pasay City as part of the production’s Asian tour. The musical will be running for two weeks with no extensions, from June 27 to July 9, 2017.

Broadway musical comedy Sister Act has finally premiered on Tuesday at The Theatre at Solaire in Pasay City as part of the production’s Asian tour. The musical will be running for two weeks with no extensions, from June 27 to July 9, 2017.

A musical based on a 1992 film of the same name starring Whoopi Goldberg, Sister Act tells the story of an aspirant diva named Deloris Van Cartier, whose life changes when she witnesses a crime involving a gang. To protect her, the cops bring her to a convent where she has to put on a disguise as a nun and be under the supervision of Mother Superior. During her stay in the convent, she inspires her newly-found sisters to find their voices while she rediscovers hers.

The production features the original score of 8-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, and book by Bill and Cherry Steinkellner. It had its Broadway premiere in 2011 and was nominated for 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for Patina Miller.

We were lucky enough to be treated with a sneak peek of everything that goes on behind the stage – from the costumes to the props and all the different devices used to produce one grand and dazzling show. 

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Stage Manager Molly Goodwin explains how she oversees everything that goes onstage through her call desk. 
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The prop box where they store the production's easy-to-pick items as well as casts' drinks for when they're offstage. 
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One of the backgrounds used in the production
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A prop used to bring the "bar" set to life. 
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A dining set used in one of the convent scenes. 
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This 16-foot tall statue of Mary, or "Boss Lady" as the crew members sometimes call her, is shipped from one place to another in a cart that's also 16 feet in size. 
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Since it has wheels, she can also be easily turned to reveal a more fabulous and sparkly version of her Boss Lady self. 

 

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Deloris Van Cartier's famous blue fur coat which was given to him by Curtis. 
Deloris' purple bag from the beginning of the show. 
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Some of the costumes used by the cast members. Every piece is labelled with a number so they easily get to know which costume they should put on next. 
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The costumes for the male characters in the show. 
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As Deloris Van Cartier almost never comes offstage, her costumes are brought to her so she could change along the wings of the stage. 


Sister Act will be running until July 9, 2017 at The Theatre at Solaire. Tickets are as follows: VIP – P6883.50, A Reserve – P5824.50, B Reserve – P4765.50, C Reserve -P3706.50, D Reserve – P1588.50. 

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