Sister Act is a fun musical comedy set in the 70’s. Deloris Van Cartier joins a special witness protection program and seeks shelter in a convent. Surrounded by nuns, she is confronted with a lifestyle of hardship and laughter, radically changing the lives of this congregation withdrawn from the real world.
“you took a vow of charity” Deloris Van Cartier affirms and and Mother Superior (Rebecca Mason-Wygal) responds ” I’ll take it back.”
Based on the hit film Sister Act from 1992 this production directed by Jerry Zacks brings new musical compositions to the stage highlighting the fun encounters Van Cartier has with nuns and a brief love story with Sweaty Eddie the police officer in charge of the investigation which brings genuine laughter out of the audience with a fantastic performance.
Throughout the first act, the audience seems to be waiting for a big musical number, which finally arrives at the end with a beautiful song carrying the ensemble singing to the gods together. It ‘s hard to not compare this production to the fabulous film with Whoopi Goldberg that brought so much joy and fantastic entertainment to millions of people.
Musical composition by Alan Menken and lyrics by Gleen Slater resemble the movie with a funny soul-style in a musical that feels at times too one dimensional.
The performance is regularly projected outwards to the audience, with some excellent voice work but less interaction on stage between the characters, dehumanising the latter.
Sister act is a feel good musical performance, punctuated with simple moments of dance by a group of hilarious nuns getting together to protect a cabaret singer in a convent. It’s fun and enjoyable, but the acoustics in the theatre keep the experience shorter for the audience, as for once I wasn’t able to hear the band playing suitably in the orchestra pit.