Stephanie Umoh is set to get in the habit of leading the musical Sister Act at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire next month. Umoh will play lounge singer Deloris Van Cartier, who enters witness protection in the form of a convent (it's the role Whoopi Goldberg originated in the 1992 movie from which the 2011 Broadway show is adapted). She'll face off against Hollis Resnik as the Mother Superior.
Umoh, who played Sarah in the 2009 Broadway revival of Ragtime, has been seen locally at Drury Lane Oakbrook in that same show as well as Disney's Aida. She was originally announced to play female lead Nabulungi in the first Chicago company of The Book of Mormon in 2012, but was replaced shortly before opening.
Also in the cast of Marriott's Sister Act, to be directed by Don Stephenson (making his Marriott debut), are Jonathan Butler-Duplessis as Eddie Souther, Lillian Castillo as Mary Patrick, Don Forston as Monsignor O'Hara, Mark Hood as TJ, Todd Horman as Joey, Mary Robin Roth as Mary Lazarus, Jason Slatery as Pablo, Tiffany Tatreau as Mary Robert, and Byron Glenn Willis as Curtis Jackson. Dara Cameron, Mackenzie Curran, Anne Gunn, Marya Grandy, Sharriese Hamilton, Molly Kral, Eric Lewis, Tommy Lucas, Christine Mild, Paris Nesbitt, Eugene Peabody and Keely Vasquez fill out the ensemble.
The production will feature music direction by Doug Peck and choreography by Melissa Zaremba. Sister Act runs February 10–April 3.