The perfect ‘Soul Sister’ act!

I can’t even begin to explain how full of soul, fun and talent this show is.

Directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, this show is based on the hit movie starring Whoopi Goldberg. Alexandra Burke who plays the iconic main character, Delores Van Cartier, had some big platform shoes to fill, and she did not disappoint.

The story follows a young aspiring singer in the late 60’s that saw her love interest murder someone and so had to go into hiding. She was placed into a convent to take cover as a nun. After joining the parish choir, she soon realised that her vocal talents were needed, desperately. And this was the most hilarious journey…

How the nuns managed to sing so badly, and so out of key on purpose is completely beyond me. It was just brilliant.

When you have the singing ability that the full cast have, I really respect how difficult it must have been to perform in such a way. The shining stars in these scenes were Sister Mary Patrick, played by Susannah Van Den Burg, and Sister Mary Robert played by Sarah Goggin.

There wasn’t a huge cast which made everything far more intimate and from start to finish the whole team just worked perfectly together. There was a real variation of characters that completely complemented each other.

Throughout the whole show, cast members on stage were seen playing the musical instruments. Not only were they singing and dancing, they were the orchestra too – it was something I’d never seen before but really brought home how talented these people are.

The male roles were so charismatic and spot on too – I particularly loved Eddie, played by Joe Vetch.
With amazing choreography there was non-stop energy from start to finish, even in the ‘slow motion’ scenes – keep your eye out for these, watching the male actors faces during these scenes really had me laughing.

Alexandra Burke has no bounds when it comes to being a soul sister – she has the look, the moves and my god does she have the voice, perfect casting for this role.

You could see that the whole cast had a blast during this performance as they all left the stage still singing and dancing, with big smiles on their faces – as were the audience during a well-deserved standing ovation.

I’ve seen many musicals but this one for me had it all; from tears of laughter to real goose bump moments from the exceptional vocals.

The show is on until Saturday May 6 and you can buy tickets here: http://bit.ly/2pAMMfu

-AMIE CROXTON

Alexandra Burke as Deloris Van Cartier in Sister Act

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