I’m not one of Craig Revel Horwood’s fans but I’ve got to hand it to him, he has done a terrific job with this production of Sister Act, the divine musical comedy that is rocking the Opera House this week.
Headed by Alexandra Burke the cast are having a ball and so their enthusiasm draws us in from the word go.
Basically showgirl Deloris Van Cartier sees her boyfriend commit murder so she has to be spirited away into hiding so she can testify against him. But where to go to avoid Curtis (Aaron Lee Lambert) and his thugs. It’s a case of get thee to a nunnery. And so the singer becomes embroiled with the Little Sisters of our Mother of Perpetual Faith, a grand bunch of holy women who like to make a joyful noise onto the Lord but in reality it’s a really awful noise! And so Deloris, now known as Sister Mary Clarence, takes them in hand, ups the beat and suddenly the church has a congregation, doesn’t need to be sold and such is their fame, the Pope is coming to hear the choir for himself. But will Deloris stay or will she go, can she accept the nun’s habit or does she still lust after the sequins?
This cast is multi-talented, most of the 20 or so members play instruments on stage, they sing, and there are some strong singers amongst the men, and they move to the beat, a band as well so you can imagine the musical numbers get your toes tapping.
Since winning the X-Factor in 2008, Alexandra Burke has blossomed, her single Hallelujah sold over one million copies in the UK alone and she proves in this show she can also act and relate to the audience. So often a film dominates a stage show but in this case I’d rather have the live and lovely interaction between cast and audience, you’ll be lucky to get a ticket but do try.
Grand Opera House
until Saturday 12th November 2016
www.goh.co.uk for details.
This production returns to the Grand Opera House for another run in August 2017.