HomeTheatreREVIEW: SISTER ACT THE MUSICAL (Eventim Apollo)


Sister Act The Musical is not any stranger to UK theatres, having premiered in 2009 on the London Palladium the unique manufacturing went on to seize the hearts of critics and audiences alike on each side of the pond. That includes unique music by Tony and 8-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Disney’s Aladdin, Enchanted, Little Store of Horrors) and lyrics by three-time Tony nominee Glen Slater (The Little Mermaid, College of Rock, Love By no means Dies), Sister Act is now again on tour in a high-kicking, sequined crammed, star-studded, behavior lifting manufacturing produced by the legendary unique Sister Mary Clarence Whoopi Goldberg.

Primarily based on the 1992 hit movie, Sister Act The Musical tells the hilarious story of lounge singer Deloris Van Cartier whose life takes a stunning flip when she witnesses her shady boyfriend homicide somebody. Underneath protecting custody she is hidden within the one place she received’t be discovered – an inner-city run down convent! Underneath the suspicious eye of the Mom Superior, fully out of her depth and disguised as a nun, Deloris helps her fellow sisters discover their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her personal.

Becoming a member of the congregation of the dazzling new manufacturing is comedy legend and BAFTA Award-winner Jennifer Saunders as Mom Superior, the Queen of Soul, Beverley Knight as Disco diva in disguise Deloris Van Cartier, The Biggest Showman and Tony Award-nominated actress Keala Settle as Sister Mary Patrick, Tv and stage star Lesley Joseph as Sister Mary Lazarus, Hackney royalty and Olivier Award-winner Clive Rowe as Eddie Southern and Hairspray’s rising star Lizzie Bea enjoying the quiet as a mouse- till you give her a microphone, Sister Mary Robert.

As Deloris Van Cartier, Beverly Knight is totally gorgeous. Her vocals and unimaginable from begin to end and it’s laborious to think about anybody else filling Deloris’s knee-high purple boots. Her portrayal of Deloris is soulful, touching, hilarious and significant. Stealing the present each second she’s onstage and proving in every observe why she’s the Queen of Soul. Fabulous Child! Jennifer Saunders as Mom Superior is a masterclass. She’s uproarious because the voice of motive and appears to be having fun with herself immensely. Hilarious moments embrace her taking a cellphone name and in a half-asleep voice (not in contrast to her Ab Fab character Edina Monsoon), saying “No, No… I’m all the time up, I’m all the time up..” and displaying her vocal prowess with an absorbing second of vibrato in her solo quantity on the prime of Act Two. Because the all the time on and consistently cherry Sister Mary Patrick, Keala Settle is priceless. You may’t take your eyes off her as she bounds throughout the stage and provides all of it she’s obtained in each second. Ka pai, Keala, ka pai! As Sister Mary Lazarus, Lesley Joseph delivers a gut-busting efficiency, you’ve not lived till you’ve seen her rap Sugarhill Gang surrounded by a bunch of Nuns. Clive Rowe as the unfortunate in love cop Eddie Southern has some pretty moments and two blink and also you’ll miss it costume adjustments in the identical tune! A feat any actor would discover daunting however our Clive handles it with finesse and ease. Lizzie Bea as Sister Mary Robert has an unimaginable show-stopping second in Act Two displaying her gorgeous vocal capacity and letting audiences fall in love together with her yet again. Supported by an extremely gifted and versatile ensemble, this forged of Sister Act is the dream!

Expertly directed by Invoice Buckhurt, with fabulous costume and set design by Morgan Giant, this Sister Act is the final word manufacturing of the present. It’s vivid, it’s enjoyable, it’s touching and could possibly be the present of the summer time. Taking part in a restricted run on the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, this Sister Act is to not be missed, so seize your congregation, Increase Your Voice and worship on the altar of this star studded forged and fabulous manufacturing now!


Reviewed by Stuart James



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