Review: Sister Act, Bristol Hippodrome.

Posted on Sep 20 2016 - 4:48pm by Samantha Clark
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I’ll admit it, I was apprehensive about seeing Sister Act.

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A scene from Sister Act @ Leicester Curve. Directed and Choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood.
©Tristram Kenton

I’m a mega fan of the Whoopi Goldberg film, as I am sure the majority of attendees were and I was a little concerned it couldn’t live up to my expectations- especially with Alexandra Burke (X Factor winner 2008) cast as the vivacious Deloris Van Cartier.

But I was impressed- blown away in fact. This show is the epitome of ‘never judge a book by its cover’. Mega kudos goes to director and choreographer Craig Revel Horwood and star, Alexandra Burke.  It was phenomenal.

The basic storyline is very similar to the film as are the majority of characters in name and personality. Although I missed the familiar songs, the musical production has its own, more appropriate and just as catchy ‘hymns’ that you’ll be dancing away to (which I did, without realising- my foot was tapping away).  It’s one of those shows that you get so into, you’re full of expression and occasionally tension as the story unfolds.

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A scene from Sister Act @ Leicester Curve. Directed and Choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood.
©Tristram Kenton

Though of course, it was the deliverance by all cast members that made the show what it was; funny, uplifting, surprising, exciting, intense and utterly heart-warming.  I’ve never encountered such a diverse in talent, yet well-rounded cast. As with most productions today (first highlighted in Footloose), it’s no longer enough to be the ‘part’, you need to be able to meet choreography, encompass different personalities as well as possess musical ability in both voice and instruments- the homeless Philadelphia scene highlights this most I feel. Sister Act has exceptional casting.

So, if like me, you’ve got preconceptions about the show that’s putting you off- push those aside and do go see it. You’ll be pleasantly surprised and have one of the best nights ever at the theatre.

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