Tony champ Victoria Clark signs on to ‘Sister Act’

The Broadway bound tuner version of the 1992 hit film “Sister Act” has found its Mother Superior. Victoria Clark, who won the 2005 Best Musical Actress Tony Award for “Light in the Piazza,” takes on role of the tart-tongued nun played on film by two-time Oscar champ Maggie Smith (“The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,” “California Suite”).

Making her Broadway debut as Deloris Van Cartier, the lounge singer hiding out in the nunnery, will be Patina Miller who played the part in last year’s London run. Whoopi Goldberg, who made that role so memorable in the movie, is one of the producers of this Broadway musical. Grand slam awards champ Goldberg got her Tony for producing the 2002 Best Musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”

Current Best Song Oscar nominees Alan Menken and Glenn Slater (“I See the Light” from “Tangled) penned the music and lyrics while Cheri and Bill Steinkellner wrote the book. Four-time Tony champ Jerry Zaks is directing. The show begins previews on March 24 at the Broadway Theater, with opening night set for April 20.

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