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‘Sister Act: The Musical’

Former Disney theater chief Peter Schneider, center, directs “Sister Act.” “It’s become a lot more complicated than what I imagined,” he said. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Lyricist Glenn Slater, left, and composer Alan Menken (head on table) air a composition during a read-through in December. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken also did the music for “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Little mermaid.” (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Cheri Steinkellner, who with her husband Bill, wrote the book for the musical, looks at resumes with director Peter Schneider. (Mel Melcon / LAT)
Casting director Michael Donovan calls out names while holding auditions at Screenland Studio in North Hollywood. (Mel Melcon / LAT)
Camille Saviola auditions for the voice of Sister Mary Lazarus before (from left) Casting director Michael Donovan, director Peter Schneider, and co-writer Cheri Steinkellner. (Mel Melcon / LAT)
Peter Schneider and Cheri Steinkellner view an audition submission on DVD. (Mel Melcon / LAT)
Courtney Covey audition for the part of Sister Mary Robert. (Mel Melcon / LAT)
Actresses audition as a group. (Mel Melcon / LAT)
Linda Kerns auditions for the part of Sister Mary Lazarus. (Mel Melcon / LAT)
Deloris (Dawnn Lewis) performs at the Funkadelica Disco in a scene from “Sister Act ; The Musical.” (Spencer Weiner / LAT)
Deloris (Dawnn Lewis) meets Mother Superior (Elizabeth Ward Land.) (Spencer Weiner / LAT)
Deloris (Dawnn Lewis) dons a nun’s habit as she hides at a convent. (Spencer Weiner / LAT)
Deloris (Dawnn Lewis) helps liven up the convent’s tuneless choir. (Spencer Weiner / LAT)
Sister Mary Robert (Beth Malone) with Mother Superior (Elizabeth Ward Land.) (Ringo H.W. Chiu / For The Times)
Elizabeth Ward Land as Mother Superior. (Ringo H.W. Chiu / For The Times)
Deloris (Dawnn Lewis) is snatched away by Dinero, Doo-Rag (Dan Domenech, right.) (Ringo H.W. Chiu / For The Times)
“Sister Act: the Musical” has its World premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse. (Ringo H.W. Chiu / For The Times)
Dress rehearsal at the Pasadena Playhouse. (Ringo H.W. Chiu / For The Times)