Sister Act Musical Review |UK tour| 20th March 2017

Story Line

We follow a club singer Deloris Van Cartier as she has to be hidden for her protection after witnessing her gang member boyfriend kill somebody. The police decide that a place that would be perfect to hide Deloris in would be in a convent. Deloris a loud and rebellious character finds it hard to settle in to the convent at first with the other sisters but soon goes on to help them save the church from being sold with her love of music. But with the press documenting all this will she be found by her boyfriend who wants her dead ?

 Review of Show

I was very excited to see this production of sister act because I had seen it when I was a little girl in the Westend. I went there with a complete open perspective as I knew that it would not be the same but that could be a good thing.

My socks were blown off at the first song ! It was upbeat and colourful and grabbed you attention right away which is a very good start to any performance.

One of the first things that caught my eye was the use of musical instruments on stage. This first I was puzzled about because I didn’t know if they were actually playing them or just props for the actors to use. After watching them I realised that all the band were on stage and acting as well which is very unique but honestly great to see because I think sometimes people do not realise that in a musical there has to be someone playing the music other wise it does not go ahead.  This was something very special to see and was done perfectly not to over power the singers on stage but to actually aid them.

Every person in the cast was very upbeat and the sisters in the convent especially. Each had there little quirks which did correlate with the film which was nice to see. I think some of the best parts of the sisters was there way of being comedic but serious at the same time but also playing things such as trombones , cornets and saxophones whilst having expression and reaction in their faces.

The role of Deloris Van Cartier played by Actress and Singer Alexandra Burke was cast perfectly. Alexandra’s voice along with her acting was a close to Whoopi Goldberg as you could get. She seamlessly performed with poise and her voice worked perfectly with every song. I think a lot of people just know Alexandra as a singer but she is a fantastic actress as well with great commitment to the role but also knowing how to have empathy and to grow with the character throughout the musical.

When meeting Alexandra in person she was caring and kind and did not mind to stop for people. She spoke to each person having a little talk and also getting to know them which is lovely to see as not many take the time to do this. As well as this she was happy to sign and take pictures with everyone.

Review of Music

The music for this musical was a great collaboration of soulful songs and the fast upbeat ones. The music is composed by Alan Menken, recently known for music in films such as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Little Shop of Horrors. The music was played extremely well especially as most of it is played by actors on stage which is very unique.  The music in Sister act is one that will make you want to get up and dance which most people did at the end. It was very well played by very talented musicians.

Review of Set and Lighting

The set was overall very versatile in the fact that it was used throughout the whole show and did not change but at the same time never looked similar to each other and this was because of the clever use of lighting and stage props. The lighting was very well done making each seen have a different feel to it so the use of a blue light in the night club, plain lighting when in the convent or church scenes and so on. I think that the props although few worked very well and did not make the set overly busy because there was also the use of the instruments, I think that there could be some areas that could have a little bit more staging to make it less bland but overall I think it was well thought out and shown.

View of Stage:

Copyright: Rebecca Facey

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