Review: Sister Act

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Sister Act

You must of heard of the movie starring Whoopi Goldberg as a Las Vegas Showgirl Deloris Van Cartier, who after witnessing her Mob Boyfriend shoot someone, she goes on the run and into protective custody with the police who place her into a convent to hide out until the trial happens.  There she ends up becoming the Choir Mistress and organises the Choir by using show tunes and Motown classics to update the flagging church into the 20th Century?  You do, well now Whoopi brings us the stage version.  Which is pretty much the same story just featuring original songs penned by Glenn Slater and the music from Alan Menken.

The cast are superb, featuring the stunning Patina Miller as Deloris who belts out some amazing notes and has incredible stage prescence.  Mother Superior aptly played by Shelia Hancock and a supporting cast featuring the likes of Ian Lavender & Katie Rowley Jones.  The staging lifts this from another show to something of a spectacle.  As you see before your eyes the delapadated church restored to all its glory, with some very creative lighting effects and beautiful costumes.  Nothing about this show is ordinary, from the downbeat beginnings to the furiously up-tempo finale, you can't help but get carried away in the moment of this show.

There's something here for everyone and it's a hoot too.  There's bad guys to boo, songs to tap your feet and sing along to and much more besides.  You will certainly come away from the 'Divas who Believe' realising these Divas certainly achieve!

Matt Bourne