Craig Revel Horwood lifts the curtain on the ‘jockstraps and clarinets’ organised chaos behind hit musical Sister Act, before the show descends on New Wimbledon Theatre in November.
The Strictly Come Dancing judge said he was excited to present the smash hit production, which he both directed and choreographed.
Starring Alexander Burke (X Factor, The Bodyguard), it is the story of tragic disco diva Deloris Van Cartier who is on the run from a mob gangster after witnessing a murder.
With few options, Deloris is taken to the most unlikely of hiding places – a convent.
It is a fun recreation of the much-loved story of mutual self discovery and sisterhood that has already received rave reviews from audiences around the country.
On what to expect, Craig, 51, said: “It is a real delight to see and the music is amazing.
“The actors literally don’t put their instruments down, so it is a mad scene back stage with guys in their jockstraps playing the clarinet.”
The audience is however spared these views and has to instead contend with amazing live music, and excellent comic delivery from Burke and the rest of the cast.
Even with such a well-known lead, the supporting cast is not left in the background.
Each one has a unique character and instrument to match, giving all a chance to wow the audience.
A Jamie Wilson production, the play also features original music by multi-award winning Disney composer Alan Menken.
Add to this the vocal powerhouse that is Ms Burke and a 25-piece orchestra of excellent actors-musicians in habits and you have an assured stage hit.
So is it a bit of a stretch to have a play featuring nuns in habits with tenor saxophones and trumpets?
“It definitely is,” admitted Craig, “and that is why I love it!”
With many shows of the tour already sold out, audiences across the country agree.
Sister Act will be at New Wimbledon Theatre from November 28 to December 3.