The new touring version of Sister Act which launches from Manchester in September 2011 has added Liverpool to the list of dates.The musical comedy premiered on 2 June 2009 (previews from 7 May) at the Palladium, where it made way for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz. Transplanted to 1970s Philadelphia, Sister Act tells the story of disco diva Deloris, who, after witnessing a murder and being put in protective police custody in a convent, brings some soul to the church choir, much to the initial consternation of the Mother Superior.

The musical has an original score by Alan Menken with lyrics by his long-time collaborator Glenn Slater. Patina Miller won the 2010 Whatsonstage.com Award, and was nominated for an Olivier, for Best Actress in a Musical for the part played in the original 1992 film by Whoopi Goldberg, who is co-producing the stage version and who made her West End debut this year stepping into the role of the Mother Superior (originated on stage by Sheila Hancock and played on screen by Maggie Smith) for a limited season.

The producers are currently looking for a new leading lady to take on the role of disco diva Deloris Van Cartier. 

First round open auditions for black, female comedy actresses, with fabulous singing voices with a strong belt, and playing age of 20 – 40 years old will take place on Monday 4th April at Pineapple Dance Studios, Langley Street, London WC2H. Hopefuls should register between 10am to 12pm and bring a CV, recent photograph of themselves and at least one rehearsed disco or pop song to perform (sheet music or track welcome). Auditions will be taking place all day. For further details, visit the Sister Act website.

Sister Act will run at the Manchester Opera House from 29 September - 15 October and the Liverpool Empire from 22 May - 2 June. .