Review: Sister Act

Sister Act Alexandra Burke

Sister Act Alexandra Burke

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Bradford Alhambra

Sister Act, the Hollywood blockbuster turned stage musical, is big, bold and sassy and has a cast of high energy, multi-talented performers who work as one ‘almighty team’.

Craig Revel Horwood’s production is fast moving and seamless with an ingenious set design that’s artistically lit and pushes the story, which at times can be rather laboured, along at a cracking pace.

The plot centres around Deloris Van Cartier, a wanna-be-disco diva who witnesses a murder and is put into protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be found – a convent.

Although she finds friends among her fellow sisters she makes the wrong impression on the Mother Superior.

However, when she turns her attention to the convent’s choir and helps them find their voice, thus saving the church, she nearly blows her cover.

The role of Deloris could have been made for Alexandra Burke. She’s everything the role should be – brash, comedic and powerful in the vocals.

But it’s the disciplined team effort that really anchors the show’s success especially the caterwauling off-key singing nuns.

Like most of the cast the sisters sing, dance, play instruments and give individual cameo performances that are fresh, believable and full of fun.

To February 25.

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