Review: Sister Act

PUBLISHED: 12:31 16 January 2012

Catch the spectacular musical Sister Act at the Bristol Hippodrome from January 11-21.

Catch the spectacular musical Sister Act at the Bristol Hippodrome from January 11-21.

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COMEDY, laughter and fun - three words sum up my visit to see Sister Act on stage at The Bristol Hippodrome.

The story follows disco diva Deloris Van Cartier who witnesses a murder and is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she will not be found – a convent.

The nuns, the bad guys – in fact all the characters – did splendidly to put together a seamless production with music to make you want to dance in the aisles.

There was a slight hiccup halfway through with the fabulous lead Cynthia Erevo having to pull out for unknown reasons.

But Gemma Knight Jones took the role on fantastically – she was destined for the glitz and glamour Deloris had to offer.

Denise Black stars as Mother Superior in the production – the former Coronation Street star’s acting was brilliant and she fitted the role well, with her singing coming a close second to her acting.

Hapless trio Pablo, TJ and Joey got some of the most laughs throughout the show - a well-planned dose of comedy to mix well with the glittering musical numbers.

Of particular note was the side-splitting scene where they share their best laid plans to ‘romance’ the nuns.

Brookside’s Michael Starke looked like a natural on the stage and all the nuns did a fantastic job with both singing and acting.

But special mention has to go to the fabulous Julie Atherton as Sister Mary Robert, Laurie Scarth as Sister Mary Clarence and Jaqueline Clarke as Sister Mary Lazarus.

That is not to take anything away from the nuns as a whole – they were – in a word – hilarious.

Based on the blockbuster film, Sister Act the show follows Deloris as she is disguised as a nun and makes the wrong impression on the convent’s strict Mother Superior.

But when she transforms the convent’s choir into the most glorious new musical act in town, Deloris forms a lasting bond with her newfound friends and the gang that’s chasing her finds itself up against an unstoppable team of soulful sisters.

This family-friendly, feel-good show is packed with songs inspired by Motown, funk, soul and disco, which more than a million people saw in the West End, is worth a watch.

Take your mum, sister, or girly friends and head to see it before it moves on.

The show runs in Bristol until Saturday.

Tickets, priced £21.50-48.50, are available via www.atgtickets.com

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