Broadway praise: Chicago actress Hollis Resnik back home for run of 'Sister Act'

2012-11-09T00:00:00Z Broadway praise: Chicago actress Hollis Resnik back home for run of 'Sister Act'By Philip Potempa philip.potempa@nwi.com, (219) 852-4327 nwitimes.com

Chicago actress Hollis Resnik has played a nun on stage a few times during her career.

Besides a turn in the comedy standard "Nunsense," she said she also donned a nun's habit years ago for the musical "Nine" at the now long-gone Candlelight Playhouse and also in "Tour de Farce" in 1993 at The Wisdom Bridge Theatre in Chicago.

But never, until now, has she seen so many sequins for the wardrobe of nuns until she signed to join the national Broadway tour of Whoopi Goldberg's "Sister Act" over the summer as it prepared to launch a jam-packed schedule of dates.

"We are a fun group of nuns formed from a great cast," Resnik said during a telephone interview last week from her hotel at the show's stop in Toronto.

"It's a very up and feel-good message for audiences, with great music and voices."

Broadway In Chicago and producers Goldberg with Stage Entertainment and Troika Entertainment, are excited about Hollis and her "Sister Act" arrival in Chicago next week for a long run at Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 East Congress Parkway, Nov. 13 to Dec. 2.

The North American Tour of the five-time Tony Award nominated musical stars Resnik as Mother Superior and Ta Rea Campbell as Deloris Van Cartier, the character played by Goldberg in the 1992 movie of the same name.

"To hear people laugh and cheer the way they do at 'Sister Act,' a show people think they know but are pleasantly surprised to discover is not what they were expecting, is a magical experience for a producer," Producer Goldberg said during media interviews.

Resnik not only agrees, but also says she has a tough time deciding which musical number from the show ranks as her favorite, since Alan Menken is the man behind the music with Glenn Slater's lyrics.

"I find I change my mind, because I love all of the songs," Resnik said.

"But it's the big group numbers that are probably the favorites for me."

She said the national tour began rehearsals in New York and then on to Chattanooga, Tenn. to tech performances before Toronto and Chicago for November. And for the holidays, it's on to Florida for a string of dates.

"Sister Act" opened on April 20, 2011 at the Broadway Theatre in New York.

When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place cops are sure she won't be found: a convent. Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and the uptight Mother Superior, but ultimately brings new life into the church.

"We've earned our own faithful following from audiences," Resnik said.

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