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Cast finds ‘Sister Act’ habit-forming

BY RICK ROGERS For The Oklahoman Modified: May 19, 2014 at 10:29 am •  Published: May 19, 2014

“Sister Act ” considered one of Hollywood’s more improbable screenplays, follows the escapades of a lounge singer who is given protective custody inside a convent after witnessing a mob murder.

Starring Whoopi Goldberg as the singer who masquerades as a nun, the riotous comedy defied expectations and became one of the most successful films of 1992, grossing more than $231 million internationally.

More than a decade later, the film was reimagined as a stage musical, this time with Goldberg as producer. Following a successful run in London’s West End, “Sister Act” opened on Broadway where it ran for 561 performances.

A national touring production based on Alan Menken and Glenn Slater’s stage version comes to Oklahoma City this week for eight performances. Produced locally by Celebrity Attractions, “Sister Act” brings the 2013-14 season to a close.

Hollis Resnik and Ta’Rea Campbell head the cast as Mother Superior and Deloris van Cartier, respectively, two characters whose very different backgrounds pit them as unlikely adversaries.

“I don’t think these people are terribly complex; they’re just set in their ways and they have emotional barriers” Resnik said recently. “Mother Superior and Deloris are never going to become best friends, but they do develop a mutual respect for each other. I think Deloris finds that spark of divinity by finally giving, instead of demanding attention ”

For Campbell, who has starred in the Broadway productions of “The Lion King ” “Leap of Faith ” “The Book of Mormon” and “Aida ” playing the dual roles of Deloris van Cartier and Sister Mary Clarence requires no small degree of stamina.

“The first number in the show (‘Take Me to Heaven’) is really high energy so I really have to pace myself” Campbell said. “And because the rest of the production is just as demanding, I didn’t stop feeling completely insane until about three or four weeks into the run ”

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• When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. May 25.

• Where: Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker.

• Information: (800) 869-1451 or www.celebrityattractions.com  .

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