Monday, November 24, 2014 · 9:50 a.m.
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"Sister Act" kicks off its U.S. tour in Chattanooga tonight. (Photo: Contributed)

One month after the Broadway hit "Sister Act" closes in New York City, the official touring company for the musical based on the popular Whoppi Goldberg movie will be launching its U.S. tour in Chattanooga on Sept. 25 and 26 at Memorial Auditorium.

The family-friendly show tells the story of an aspiring diva, Deloris Van Cartier, who witnesses a murder committed by her gangster boyfriend. As part of her protection, the police insist she hide out in a local convent, where she must adapt her disco-inspired ways to the new crowd. Cartier soon finds her way into the choir, singing with the nuns and bringing a bit of life into her unlikely new family.

The popular Broadway production received five Tony nominations in 2011, including Best Musical, Best Actress (Miller), Best Original Score (Menken/Slater) and Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Victoria Clark).

Officials with Memorial Auditorium said the touring company's full production and brand new cast will be arriving in Chattanooga just after Labor Day for a few weeks of rehearsals and building the 1970s-inspired set.

The two public performances in Chattanooga will launch the "Sister Act" national tour.

Tickets are available now, with full details on the venue's website.

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