Tuesday, 27 June 2017

I've Got My Ticket... Sister Act - The Musical

Music, comedy and drama - the 1992 film Sister Act truly did have it all.

 

I'd previously seen this memorable moving picture live as a show on stage in London's West End many years ago now and remember having nothing but good things to say about it. Therefore, I felt that it would be completely unnecessary to question before seeing it again whether the current musical version touring around the UK would triumph like it did back then or not.

 

I would soon have my answer after attending.

 

Everything you need to know about Sister Act the musical. 
Show Name: Sister Act - The Musical
Venue: The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
Performance Dates: Mon 26th June – Saturday 1st July 2017
Starring: Alexandra Burke, Karen Mann, Aaron Lee Lambert, Joe Vetch, Alice Stokoe, Susannah Van Den Berg, Liz Kitchen
 Directed and Choreographed by: Craig Revel Horwood

Brief Information:
Never would anyone have predicted what was about to happen in the life of the sassy Deloris Van Cartier, who was played by Whoopi Goldberg in the original film. Shortly, the singer would be in a huge amount of danger after witnessing a cold-blooded murder taking place right in front of her eyes.

With nowhere else to run and hide away to for total safety the police have only one option for her - taking up residence in a convent. There this bold personality would live under a new identity as a nun beside other sisters, obeying to the strict rules that they are all used to. Obviously, for someone who likes to express her opinions Deloris struggles with these, which does not bode well with Mother Superior (originally played by Maggie Smith), the female in charge of this particular religious community.

However, It isn't long until Deloris does get to use her voice for a more productive cause when she begins teaching her fellow nuns how to sing. Not only does this newcomer transform the once godawful choir and build strong friendships, but she learns a few worthwhile lessons about herself along the way too.

My Opinion:

With directing and choreography matters being left in the very capable hands of the BBC's 'Strictly Come Dancing' judge, Craig Revel Horwood, I really did have high hopes for this being an enjoyable production. As the winner of 'The X Factor' in 2008, Alexandra Burke was another famous name that I thought was perfect for the cast line-up, taking on the lead role of Deloris.

Aside from Deloris, there are some incredibly likeable personalities in the film and I was left wondering how other actors would portray these on stage. I needn't have been concerned though, as the entire cast shined brightly throughout.

Each of the songs had such meaningful lyrics and fitted brilliantly with what was being acted out in the particular scene that they were matched with, as did each of the instruments that were cleverly played for a lot of the two-hour + running time.

There was no ignoring the amount of glitz that was also presented to the audience either. Whether it was the fancy hairdo's, sparkly outfits or the vibrant stage layout, the whole auditorium was full of groovy inclusions.

What did you like?
I knew from watching the ITV talent contest and being present at two of her concerts that Alexandra owned an extremely powerful vocal range and could handle difficult dance routines, but it wasn't known to me the standard of her acting skills. It turns out that she really does have the whole package, proving herself as a class act throughout every performance. 

    Alexandra was definitely not the only sign of entertainment. Along with some comical dance moves from the male genders of the cast, those playing the nuns also had both the crowd and I laughing out loud when they began to gain confidence and strut their stuff. This musical even managed to successfully include some humour into more serious acted parts, which isn't often done without error.

    Along with an unexpected romance, I was surprised when I was close to tears (happy ones!) watching some of the scenes between Deloris (AKA Sister Mary Clarence) and Mother Superior. This partnership was pure excellence.

    What would you change?
    All of the songs featured were written for the musical. Each track performed was utterly impressive, but I couldn't help missing ‘I Will Follow Him’ – the final song sung in the film. Other than that, Sister Act - The Musical deserves nothing but praise. Plus, I have had the new tunes of 'Take Me to Heaven' and 'Fabulous, Baby!' stuck in my head ever since.
     
    My star rating out of five:


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