If you’re a child of the 80’s or 90’s I’m sure I don’t need to spend much time here explaining the story behind the hit film Sister Act. At least that’s what I thought but, my sister announced to me as we settled into our seats at the Liverpool Empire last night, that she had in fact never seen it. I was gobsmacked!
What is Sister Act about?
Sister Act is set in 1970’s Philadelphia and centres around club singer Deloris Van Cartier who witnesses a crime and, for her own safety needs to go into hiding; into a convent. The Story then follows the relationship the develops between the singer and the sisters and how they and the church community is changed, even saved as a result. It is Whoopi Goldburg at her finest. I love it!
Review of Sister Act the Musical
I have seen plenty of theatre shows and music always boosts my mood; there is something special about seeing performers at the top of their game sing and dance live and this show has got plenty of feel good factor. The original plan with this theatrical revival was for Whoppi Goldberg to take centre stage once more as an older Deloris but due to covid and the ensuing delays that wasn’t possible which is a huge shame.
It is wonderful to see a talented cast of varying ages (Lesley Joseph is 77) but, if you are expecting to hear the songs from the screen though, you may feel a little disappointed. The show includes plenty of original songs; two performed to perfection by the fantastic Lesley Joseph; Here within these walls and I haven’t got a Prayer. The lead for our performance was Gabrielle Davina Smith who nailed her numbers; particularly “Fabulous, Baby!” which had a Dreamgirls edge to it.
The stage show is a lot of fun and more time is given to the gentle cop “Steady Eddie” and the gangsters in comparison to the film which adds interest and a bit of slapstick which I enjoyed. The disco feel and the dazzling costumes were absolutely wonderful and added another layer to the whole show.
The principal backdrop is the Churches huge circular window in dire need of repair, other props are moved on and off appropriately by choirboys which is a nice touch.
To see Sister Act with my sister was a treat of a night out, it is different enough from the original film to give it a fresh perspective so catch it on tour while you can.
Where Can I See Sister Act the Musical UK Tour?
Sister Act is on at The Liverpool Empire until 20th May and is then on tour until May 2024 calling in most major cities; check the website for details and dates: Sister Act The Musical | UK Tour
You can buy tickets here.
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