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Ovation Productions intends to relive the fun and laughter of “Sister Act” the movie when it presents a stage adaptation of the musical starting June 29 at the Solaire Resorts & Casino’s The Theater.

“Sister Act” was one of the most financially successful comedy movies of the early 1990s, and credit that to the fun elicited by the fabulously talented Whoopi Goldberg who plays the sassy convent nun Sister Mary Clarence (a.k.a. Deloris Wilson).

A scene from ‘Sister Act’ the musical

A scene from ‘Sister Act’ the musical

Of course, the music featured 60 Motown hits and the musical scoring by Marc Shaiman contributed to the success factor.

The irresistibly infectious songs used in the lively and lovely production numbers were actually featured in the soundtrack album that was released in conjunction with the movie. The CD debuted at No. 74 and eventually reached No. 50 on the Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart.

Among tracks in the collection are “The Lounge Medley,” “Rescue Me,” “Hail Holy Queen,” “Rolly With Me Henry,” “Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes),” “My Guy (My God),” “Just A Touch Of Love,” “Finale: I Will Follow Him,” “Shout,” and “If My Sister’s In Trouble.”

“Sister Act” spawned a sequel in 1993 entitled “Back To The Habit,” and an equally successful musical adaptation that premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, California in 2006.

Another stage adaptation opened at the West End London Palladium in May 2009, and another followed and premiered on Broadway at the Broadway Theater on April 4, 2011.

“Sister Act” earned $231-million worldwide and was also rated No. 83 on Bravo’s “The 100 Funniest Movies” list. Aside from Whoopi, the movie also starred Maggie Smith, Kathy Najimy, Wendy Makkena, Mary Wickes and Harvey Keitel. It was written by Joseph Howard and directed by Emile Ardolino with Adam Greenberg as cinematographer.

“Sister Act” the musical will run for two weeks. Sponsors are Smart, Pradera Verde Wake Park and Diamond Hotel. Media partners are Manila Bulletin and Fox, among others.

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Bad boy look for Dennis

Viewers and netizens have all noticed the total transformation of Dennis Trillo as Haring Gabriel on the toprating GMA primetime series “Mulawin Vs. Ravena.”

Dennis Trillo as Gabriel

Dennis Trillo as Gabriel

In every angle, Dennis projects an amazing look that all point to the fact that he is indeed the perfect choice to play the challenging role.

When asked about this transformation, the Kapuso Drama King said it was really needed for the role he’s portraying as head of the Ravenas. And he has to work-out diligently to achieve this needed look, he said. With his long hair, Dennis’ desired bad boy look is completed.

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, June 27, go to Jun Magdangal, Chit Dee, Olive Hiyas, Chit Estrada, Nora Alapan, Johanna Lim, Dra. Amelia Jarin, Linda Velayo, Raisa Mislang, and Jo Awayan… June 28: Maffi Papin Carrion, Princess Revilla, Vilma Gaspar, Jahay Williams, Perla Primicias, Susan Calalay, Lito Fernandez, Frederick Liwanag, Rowena Bautista Alcaraz, Robert Silverio and Boy Leonardo… Ateneo de Naga City will stage the “Golf for a Cause” tournament on July 19 at the RC Filipinos Golf and Resort Club in San Pedro, Laguna. Class 1967 is hosting the event with Dr. Antonio S. Sibulo, Jr. a revered cardiologist of Saint Luke’s Medical Center, as chairman. Proceeds from the tournament will be used to finance various projects of Ateneo de Naga alumni…

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