“Millennials, rejoice! Sister Act is back and it’s Fabulous Baby!”
Nuns are a jubilant addition to any narrative. Julie gave us Maria Von Trapp and with the addition of sass, sex and attitude, Whoopi gave us Deloris Van Cartier.
The self-proclaimed ‘divine musical comedy’ brings a new account to the Joyful, Joyful 1992 hit film starring Whoopi Goldberg. A brassy club singer who witnesses a murder at the hands of her gangster boyfriend, disguises as a nun in a convent – A tale as old as time.
Struggling to find her way in her newfound sanctified surroundings, Deloris is given the task of working with the struggling choir. Besieged by the lacklustre tones, Sister Mary Clarence takes centre stage and leads the choir into a frenzy of harmonious ecstasy! The way we get to see the choir blossom into harmony during ‘Raise your Voice’ is captured so perfectly and is a true testament to the euphoria of musical theatre.
The concrete cast will have you bopping and foot tapping through each musical number. Reprising a hugely associated role is no easy task, yet Sandra Marvin’s vocals and comedic timing fit seamlessly and really compliment Deloris’s character.
Lizzie Bea’s personification of retired yet adorable Sister Mary Robert is fantastic and steals the show with act 2 anthem “The Life I Never Led”. Seeing Leslie Joseph’s in a muted role never sits well with me but I have to say, she was fabulous as the gritty Mother Superior.
The impressive set and backdrop really transport you to an afternoon mass and the costumes are time appropriate for the seventies and get better and better.
This new surge of Sister Act is gorgeous, holds onto the core values of sisterhood from the 90’s sensation and I strongly encourage you to Raise Your Voice and see it!