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Friday, 12 August 2016

Sister Act The Musical UK Tour, Curve Theatre, Leicester.


Sister Act is very much an iconic film of the early 1990s, starring the incredible Whoopi Goldberg as the lively singer and unforgettable character of Deloris Van Cartier. It's definitely up there as one of the films I really enjoy and the energetic, humorous storyline is one that sticks with you for many years.

So when I first heard that Craig Revel Horwood (well known for being a judge on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing and someone who also has a incredible theatrical CV to their name) was directing and choreographing a stage adaption of Sister Act The Musical on it's UK tour I was curious what was going to be created.

The script created by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner and Douglas Carter Beane are taking this story above and beyond the film to bring to life a fit and fabulous adaption for the stage that everybody can enjoy. You know your in safe hands with the score from Alan Menken (who wrote the music for Disney's The Little Mermaid, amazing!).

So when I was invited to pop along to the Press Evening of Sister Act The Musical before it finishes it's run at The Curve Theatre in Leicester this weekend, it was a performance I was excited to see. 

The story begins on Christmas Eve 1977, where we are first introduced to Deloris Van Cartier, played by 2008 X Factor winner Alexandra Burke. We see her performing for her gangster boyfriend in the club that he owns. Excited and driven Deloris is determined that this performance will open up the opportunity to work with a record producer, unfortunately it's not meant to be. The final straw comes on Christmas Day when Curtis buys her a coat, which she later discovers belongs to Curtis's wife, Cynthia. With frustration she decides to leave Curtis and when she goes to break the news, witnesses Curtis and his cronies shoot somebody who they believe has been talking to the cops about them. 

Deloris horrified and concerned about her own safety runs away to the police where she is put into the witness protection programme and is sent to a place the cops believe Curtis will never find her, a convent. Deloris meets Mother Superior and she isn't too keen on the idea on staying in a convent when she realises all of her contact with the outside world is limited, and that she cannot smoke, drink, or wear any of her less than appropriate dress code within the walls of the convent. 


As soon as Alexandra Burke's character is introduced at the beginning of the musical it is clear that she carries all of the sass and humour that Deloris Van Cartier's character needs. She has shown how much she is developing as a successful stage star, having recently had a major touring role in The Bodyguard. Now we're seeing her in the Sister Act demonstrate not only her incredible vocal ability but the fact she's a natural comedian. I thoroughly enjoyed her performance as Deloris and it was great to see another side to the individual we saw on television back in 2008. 

One of my absolute highlights where the nuns in the convent. I absolutely LOVED them from the moment they walked on stage, their naturally funny characters and the ability to soak in every little bit of their individual roles to perfection. I particularly enjoyed Sister Mary Robert played by Sarah Goggin who's clear shy and quiet personality was indicated clearly from the beginning. Her solo number The Life I Never Led was one of my favourite songs throughout the whole performance and was such an emotional performance that she got perfectly. 

Deloris's relationship with the rest of the cast was such an enjoyable performance to watch. 

The storyline has it's many adaptations but the main thread from the film is still present and an easy watch for the audience. 

Sister Act was without a doubt one of my favourite Curve productions that I've seen. It was a really feel good musical that will have you clapping along and laughing out loud from the very beginning. It's a stage adaption that is both impressive and a great creative masterpiece!

Sister Act is currently on tour throughout the UK until August 2017. You can check out where you can watch it near you by following this link here 

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Disclaimer: I was invited to the press evening performance of Sister Act The Musical at Curve Theatre in Leicester in return for this post to be published. The photos are sourced from The Curve Theatre wesbite . All views are on my own.

12 comments:

  1. Ooooh, I'll have to get along to this when it's in Brighton! I love the film, so will definitely love this by the sounds of it. Love that Alexandra is doing more musicals - love her voice.

    Meg | Elmpetra

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    1. Yes Meg, I would definitely recommend anybody to go and see it. I couldn't believe how much I enjoyed watching it! Yeah me too - her voice is incredible and this role really suits her down to the ground!

      Emmie x

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  2. I absolutely love the film! (Second one not so much tbh). I saw the poster for this at our local theatre and was debating over going but I think I'll have to go now! Sounds so good! X

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    1. Yeah second film I am definitely not so keen on but the first like you said is such a good one! Yes you must go and see it when it comes to your local theatre, it's not one to be missed! I'm going to try and see it again when it goes to Nottingham next year :)

      Emmie x

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  3. Sounds great! I can't wait to see this on my Birthday in September at the Hippodrome. Glad you enjoyed!

    Charlotte
    www.talkstageytome.co.uk

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    1. Ah you'll absolutely love it, it didn't disappoint! I'm glad Hippodrome will be having it, they'll love it! xx

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  4. I have tickets to see this in January in Nottingham and I can't wait as it is one of my favourite films. I also saw Alexandra Burke in The Bodyguard so I'll be really interested to see how she plays the character differently (if she does). Do they use any of the music from the original film or is it all newly written?

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    1. Oh you won't be disappointed when you go and see it. Yeah she's really funny and suits the character well so hopefully you'll agree! No they don't (I didn't recognise any) but it really works and the soundtrack is pretty top notch!

      Emmie x

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  5. I love sister act so the musical is a must see! great post!

    lauren | laurmatthews.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Lauren, get yourself to watch it! :D xx

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  6. I love love love musicals! Off to see blood brothers for like the 6th time in September and it always makes me want to see more! This looks really goood! I need to get myself to more!

    xx
    www.beverbeeee.com

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    1. Oh I love Blood Brothers, I need to go and try see it again because it's just such a good performance! Yeah do Beverley, there's so many good performances out there these days not to be missed!

      Emmie x

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