Broadway convent-plot-based musical film, Sister Act, is set to debut in Nigeria later this year and will feature an all-Nigerian cast. Sister Act was one of the most successful comedies of the early 1990s, and was rated #83 on Bravo’s The 100 Funniest. The film was released in 1992 by Touchstone Pictures and was directed by Emile Ardolino.
The musical arrangements was done by Marc Shaiman and Whoopi Goldberg was the star cast who played the role of an aspiring disco diva turned nun, Deloris Van Cartier, who went into hiding at a convent after witnessing a murder. The Nigerian production of this best seller movie was initiated by a Nigerian manufacturer and serial entrepreneur, Dr. Soji Akinkugbe, and he is collaborating with top executives of the prestigious Waterfront Theater Company, Cape Town, South Africa.
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Soji Akinkugbe is the managing director of Colours in Africa. He grew up in the campuses of the University of Lagos, and Ife when a robust theater performance tradition ruled back in the 70s/80s. Soji has been nursing the vision to produce international musical hits with Nigerian casts. He also desires to use the productions to create a training platform that would transform raw local talents and skills into international stars. He has been a regular patron of many theatrical productions at home and abroad, especially in southern parts of Africa where he lived most of his recent life.
Through his association with one of the doyennes of South African Theatre, Delia Sainsbury, and her business partner Paul Griffiths, Soji’s vision is one step closer to being realized in the production of Sister Act scheduled for performance at the MUSON Centre, Onikan Lagos later in the year.
The plot of the Nigerian version will follow that of the Original Sister Act, which tells the story of Deloris, who having witnessed her boyfriend commit a murder, ends up hiding in a convent. Though the life at the convent didn’t go down well with Deloris, she later finds joy in training and singing with other nuns in the convent choir. In her journey of discovering her new genre, she ends up discovering and enhancing the talents of the wonderful sisters who never knew they could produce such sonorous sounds.
Aside Colours in Africa, which is the major sponsor of the production in Nigeria, the musical project has the support of 2Wice As Nice, a firm headed by the actress and businesswoman, Elvina-Ibru. However, a three-day audition/workshop would hold in Lagos from 25th February – 27th February 2016. Although the venue and time of the audition is yet to be made public, it promises to discover raw and amazing Nigerian youths who are talented in both acting and singing.