X Factor winner Alexandra Burke will be taking holy orders in Sunderland.
Fresh from success in The Bodyguard, she will be getting in the habit for her next musical role as Deloris Van Cartier in Sister Act when a new tour opens this summer.
Based on the hit film starring Whoopi Goldberg, the tour will play at Sunderland Empire from September 5-10.
The new production is being directed and choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood.
Alexandra, who won the fifth series of The X Factor, said: “I’m over the moon to be given the opportunity to play the wonderful Deloris in Sister Act. It’s such an iconic role and a part I’ve always wanted to play. I love touring the UK and I’m thrilled to be working with Craig and his amazing creative team. I can’t wait to get started.”
Craig said “I am truly thrilled that Alexandra is going to be our leading lady in this all new production of Sister Act. Alexandra is such a fantastic singer and actress that I know she is going to be amazing. I couldn’t think of anyone better to play the role of the smart and funny Deloris.”
Sister Act tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she won’t be found – a convent. Disguised as a nun and under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.
•Tickets for Sister Act are available from the Box Office on High Street West, via the ticket centre 0844 871 3022 or www.ATGtickets.com/Sunderland.