"Sister Act"


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In a Nutshell

A Broadway musical now on national tour transports the story of the 1992 Whoopi Goldberg film to the disco era with songs from Alan Menken

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The Deal

  • One ticket to see Sister Act
  • Where: Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center
  • Seating: rear or side orchestra
  • Door time: one hour before showtime
  • Ticket values include all fees.
  • Click here to view the seating chart.

Performance Options

  • for the show on Thursday, June 12, at 8 p.m. (up to value)
  • for the show on Friday, June 13, at 8 p.m. (up to value)
  • for the show on Sunday, June 15, at 6:30 p.m., rear or side orchestra seating (up to value)
  • for the show on Sunday, June 15, at 6:30 p.m., balcony seating (up to value)

Sister Act

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.

The show debuted on Broadway in 2011 with a year-long run and has been touring ever since. Broadway fans might recognize lead Ta’Rea Campbell’s mighty roar if not her non-furry ears—she played Nala in the stage production of The Lion King. She brings to the role of Deloris “an effortless presence and a 100-watt smile,” according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, holding down the disco-ball center of a show whose “level of energy starts high and amps up to a fever pitch while piling on the sequins, sparkles and smiles.”

Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

For the 100 years since the Hippodrome Theatre opened, it has served as a combination movie palace and vaudeville theater, spending more than 70 years hosting big names such as Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra. Following a double-decade period of slow business and bad hairstyles, the Hippodrome Theatre closed in 1990. Now, however, after an exhaustive restoration project that reanimated the theater’s chandelier-lit arches, the mural above the proscenium stage, and the grand-theater boxes that hark back to opera’s heyday, the Hippodrome Theatre reopens to the delight of Baltimore’s cultural landscape.

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