Disney shuts down Student LGBT production of “Sister Act”

Across the pond in Ireland a student group at NUI Galway has received a cease and desist order from Disney warning them of dire consequences if they continue with their production of a play based on Disney film, "Sister Act". The group is understandably upset after having worked for 6 months on the production.

…the play had attracted "fantastic support" from students of NUIG and neighbouring colleges, while there had been "record interest" from the general public. "We are dumbfounded by Disney’s stance towards what is a charitable, non-profit-making society, aimed at promoting safety and integration for the student LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] community. We were just having fun."


One thing the story leaves off is that Disney has already licensed a stage production of "Sister Act: The Musical". It’s currently playing in Atlanta and on its way to New York City. There could understandably be some confusion between the two productions.

The story said it was "loosely based" on the movie. The play’s producers might want to consider a IP attorney to see what changes they could make to become totally independent of Disney’s concept. Probably change the name to start.