Reviewer JT & DM Monday 26th September 2016
Habitually comedic musical based on a hit film with Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith. Sister Act comes to Milton Keynes with a brand new production, directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood.
Sister Act tells the story of a night club diva Deloris Van Cartier (Alexandra Burke) who’s on the run after witnessing a murder by boyfriend Curtis (Aaron Lee Lambert). Under police protection she finds herself in a convent masquerading as a nun beneath the watchful eyes of Mother Superior, (Karen Mann). Deloris helps transform the failing convent choir in song and dance whilst rejuvenating her own love for music.
Alexandra Burke was a natural in her role as disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier; her timing one line deliveries were witty and seamless.
There were significant performances all round in a tremendous cast. Rosemary Ashe is the spirited Sister Mary Lazarus and Sarah Goggin gains confidence as the vitalised postulant, Sister Mary Robert, who raises the roof in her rendition of ‘The Life I Never Led’. Aaron Lee Lambert summed up everything 1970s as Curtis, the villain but a little too nicely. The sisters captivated the audience with their infectious smiles, vocals and body language
Simply but effectively staged, this show is filled with feel good, jubilant numbers like ‘Take Me to Heaven’. This was a cracking finale that won a standing ovation.
Well worth the trip