- $35 for one ticket to Sister Act or Victor/Victoria (up to $72.50 value)
- Where: Ogunquit Playhouse
- Seating: best available
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- Wednesday, June 3, at 8 p.m.
- Wednesday, June 10, at 8 p.m.
- Friday, June 12, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, June 28, at 7 p.m.
- Friday, July 3, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, July 5, at 7 p.m.
A convent is the last place you’d expect to find smart-mouthed disco diva Deloris Van Cartier. Which is exactly why she’s there: after she witnesses her mobster boyfriend commit murder, the cops transform her into Sister Mary Clarence and convey her into the hands of a no-nonsense Mother Superior for her own protection.
Whoopi Goldberg made the role her own in the 1992 film, but the acclaimed new Broadway version adds some extra twists and glitz. This time around, Deloris’s tale gets the musical and sartorial stylings of the 1970s. Instead of oldies there’s a whole new set of originals that play both sides of the secular/spiritual divide, boasting titles including “It’s Good to be a Nun,” “Haven’t Got a Prayer,” and “Take Me to Heaven.” (Composer Alan Menken won some of his eight Oscars for work on films including Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Little Shop of Horrors.) The songs propel the plot as Deloris—naturally—transforms the convent’s tone-deaf choir into a starring musical attraction, while trying to fly under the radar of the mob.
Sometimes the role of a lifetime finds you instead of the other way around. That’s the case for Victoria, a struggling nightclub singer who, after being convinced by a manager to create a male character who acts as a female impersonator, becomes an instant star in the Paris art scene. There’s just one problem: a Chicago mobster ends up falling for the character, not the performer, thus sparking a madcap misadventure of romance and identity.
Originally a 1933 German comedy called Viktor und Viktoria before it morphed into a 1982 film starring Julie Andrews, Victor/Victoria was revived as a Broadway musical with Blake Edwards at the helm and Henry Mancini penning the score. Mancini’s songs, including “If I Were a Man,” “Almost a Love Song,” and “Le Jazz Hot!,” enhanced the eccentric wit of the script, helping earn the musical a Tony nod and two Drama Desk Awards.
When Broadway showman Walter Hartwig and his wife Maude opened the Ogunquit Playhouse in 1933, they likely never realized they were establishing a theatrical legacy. Then again, they might have had an inkling—from the very beginning, the playhouse hosted performances from luminaries including Ethel Barrymore, Bette Davis, and Walter Matthau. Even today it’s not unusual to see famous names and attached talents treading its historic boards, such as Stefanie Powers from Hart to Hart or Charles Shaughnessy from The Nanny. It’s all part of the theater’s mission to provide the best shows possible while promoting the local arts. Along with star-studded Broadway musicals, the stage hosts dance shows, children’s theater, and acting workshops for the next generation of spotlight-stealers.