Sister Act

Sister Act the Musical tells it own version of the smash hit film with an original Alan Menken score, and trust me it does not disappoint. 

Beverley Knight wows the audience as downtown diva Deloris Van Cartier as she leaves her old life behind going into hiding from her estranged lover Curtis (Lemar) as she witnesses him commit murder. The FBI and old school policeman friend Eddie (Clive Rowe) put Deloris into nunnery as part of a witness protection programme and the musical unfolds as she adjusts to her new life. 

This show is musical theatre at its finest  The producers throw you all the glitz and glam that you’d expect from a West End show and it is fantastic. Sister Act ticks every single box and Beverley Knight was just born to play this part. She really is the diva with the fever, her vocals are insane and she brings her infectious personality and bags of attitude and sass into every scene. 

Playing alongside her is Ruth Jones, best known for her role in Gavin and Stacey.  She brings a bit of the Welsh wonder in to her Mother Superior character which is incredibly funny. The show has a few alterations from the last West End run, with some new additions to the original London cast recording.

National treasure Lesley Joseph plays Sister Mary Lazarus.  She has little cameos throughout with some cracking one liners and shows that even after all these years she’s still got it and is a star in her own right. 

Clive Rowe as Eddie has a great number with magically slick costume changes and he quickly wins over the audience with his effortless vocals. This show has a great ensemble, the all singing and all dancing nuns are infectious and steal the show.  You soon come to realize, you can’t mess with sisterhood. 

The cast are very strong and a special shout out goes to Curtis’s right hand men Bradley Judge, Damian Buhagiar and Tom Hopcroft who are extremely funny and work so well as a trio in ‘Lady in the Long Dress’.  However, the stand out performance of the night has to go to Lizzie Bea who plays Sister Mary Robert.  Shy and awkward but with pipes of steel, her voice literally blows you away.

The set was great and had elements of the musical Wicked. I love the traditional church interior with the mix of camp disco. 

You leave the Dominion Theatre with a spring in your step feeling uplifted and ready to take on the world. Let the nuns with the fun take you to church, you won’t regret it!

This show was reviewed on the 21st March 2024 and runs in the West End until the 31st August 2024 with Alexandra Burke stepping into Deloris's shoes from the 10th June 2024.

Tickets available here: Sister Act The Musical | London West End


Photo credit: Johan Persson

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