Sister Act tour – Jon Robyns and Rosemary Ashe join cast

Jon Robyns

Jon Robyns joins the touring cast of Sister Act as Eddie

Casting details for the national tour of Curve’s all new production of the musical comedy Sister Act, directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, have been revealed. The show opens at Curve on Saturday 30 July 2016.

Joining the previously announced Alexandra Burke as Deloris Van Cartier will be Joanna Francis as Michelle, Jon Robyns as Eddie, Karen Mann as Mother Superior and Rosemary Ashe as Sister Mary Lazarus. Burke will perform the role of Deloris Van Cartier at all evening performances. At the matinee performances, the role of Deloris Van Cartier will be played by Joanna Francis.

Aaron Lee Lambert will play Curtis, Sarah Goggin (Sister Mary Robert), Susannah Van Den Berg (Sister Mary Patrick), Allison Harding (Sister Mary Theresa), Ricky Rojas (Pablo), Samuel Morgan-Grahame as (Joey) and Sandy Grigelis as TJ. The company also includes Nicola Bryan, Jennifer Douglas, Aiesha Pease, Sally Peerless and Justin Wilman.

Alexandra Burke can currently be seen starring as Rachel Marron in the national tour of The Bodyguard, a part she also played in the West End. She originally rose to fame after winning the fifth series of the X Factor. Her debut No.1 single ‘Hallelujah’ sold more than one million copies in the UK, a first for a British female soloist. Burke’s first album, Overcome, saw the release of her subsequent number one singles ‘Bad Boys’ and ‘Start Without You’. In 2011 she embarked on her first solo tour and was invited by Beyoncé to support her I Am… Tour. Her second album, Heartbreak on Hold, was released in June 2012.

Joanna Francis has recently finished performing in the West End production of The Lion King. Her other credits include Carmen Jones at the Royal Festival Hall, The Harder They Come at the Barbican and Stratford East and as Sybil in The Big Life at the Apollo Theatre.

Rosemary Ashe

Rosemary Ashe plays Sister Mary Lazarus

Jon Robyns has played many leading roles in the West End including Rod/Princeton in the original cast of Avenue Q at the Noel Coward Theatre, Marius in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre, Galahad in Spamalot at the Harold Pinter and Playhouse Theatres, alternate Huey in Memphis at the Shaftesbury Theatre and Hollis in Road Show at the Menier Chocolate Factory. His other theatre credits include Enjolras in the 25th Anniversary tour of Les Misérables, Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and most recently Emmett Forrest in Legally Blonde at Curve, Leicester. 

Karen Mann’s extensive theatre credits include Golde opposite Paul Michael Glaser in the national tour of Fiddler On the Roof, the national tour of I Dreamed A Dream – the Susan Boyle Story and Copacabana, Martin Guerre and Spend, Spend, Spend, all at the Watermill Theatre. She most recently appeared in The Witches, both at Curve, Leicester and on tour.

Rosemary Ashe’s many West End credits include creating the roles of Carlotta in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Miss Andrew in Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre and Felicia Gabriel in The Witches of Eastwick at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Her other theatre credits include When We Are Married at the Garrick Theatre, Widow Corney in Oliver! at the London Palladium and Grandma Mole in the musical of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 and ¾ at Curve, Leicester.

This all new production of Sister Act, based on the hit movie starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith, is directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood with musical supervision and arrangements by Tony Award winner Sarah Travis. Set and costume design is by Matthew Wright, with lighting design by Richard G Jones and sound design by Richard Brooker.

Craig Revel Horwood is probably best known as a judge on BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing. As a director and choreographer his many credits include the recent all-star concert of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies at the Royal Albert Hall, Sunset Boulevard at the Comedy Theatre in the West End, the national tours of Fiddler On the RoofSpend Spend Spend and Chess (also Toronto) and The Witches of EastwickMartin Guerre and Copacabana, all at the Watermill Theatre. Revel Horwood also wrote and directed a brand new show, Strictly Confidential, that toured the UK starring familiar faces from Strictly Come Dancing as well as the annual arena tours of Strictly Come Dancing. As a performer, he most recently starred as Miss Hannigan in the national tour of Annie.

Sister Act has music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, with a book by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner and additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane. Based on the Touchstone Pictures Motion Picture written by Jacob Howard.

Sister Act is presented by Jamie Wilson Productions and Curve Leicester.

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