Soji Akinkugbe, Elvina Ibru bring ‘Sister Act’ Broadway musical to Nigeria


Funsho Arogundade
Elvina IbruPatina Miller and the original cast of “Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy”
Sister Act, one of the most successful musical theatre productions of all time, is set to berth in Nigeria later this year.
The Nigerian production of the world-acclaimed musical scheduled to hold at the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos, is the brainchild of Dr. Soji Akinkugbe, managing director, Colours in Africa Productions in collaboration with 2wice As Nice Productions, a firm headed by Elvina Ibru, actress and entrepreneurial daughter of business mogul, Olorogun Michael Ibru.
It will parade an all-Nigerian cast.
Based on the 1992 film of the same name, ‘Sister Act’ tells the story of aspiring disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, who, having witnessed her gangster (and married) boyfriend commit a murder, ends up in hiding in a convent whose parish has fallen on hard times.
Though the sequin-free lifestyle doesn’t agree with her, Deloris finds her calling working with the choir, and breathes new life into the dusty convent while discovering a sisterhood she’s never had before.
Akinkungbe has been a regular patron of many theatrical productions at home and abroad, especially in southern parts of Africa.
Speaking on the Broadway musical project, Akinkugbe said he had long nursed a vision to produce international musical hits with Nigerian casts.
According to the creative genius, who grew up in the 1970s/1980s campuses of the University of Lagos, and Ife when a robust theatre performance tradition held sway, he also desires to use the productions to create a training platform that would transform raw local talents and skills into best standards available around the world.
Through his association with one of the doyennes of South African Theatre, Delia Sainsbury, and her business partner Paul Griffiths,(both owned prestigious Waterfront Theatre Company, Cape Town, South Africa), Akinkugbe’s vision is one step closer to being realised in …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper