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All About Theatre Four Star Review

Sister Act The Musical, a beloved adaptation of the iconic 1992 film, has made its way to Storyhouse in Chester, and it’s nothing short of spectacular. Featuring original music by Tony® and 8-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken, with lyrics by Glenn Slater, the musical blends Motown, soul, and disco into a heavenly score. Directed by Bill Buckhurst, this production showcases a stunning cast including West End star Landi Oshinowo as Deloris Van Cartier and Coronation Street legend Wendi Peters as Mother Superior.

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Set in late 1970s Philadelphia, the story follows Deloris Van Cartier, a disco diva aspiring to make it big on the soul scene. Her life takes a dramatic turn when she witnesses her gangster boyfriend Curtis Jackson commit a murder. To protect her, old police friend Eddie Souther places her in a convent under the guise of Sister Mary Clarence. Initially met with scepticism by Mother Superior, Deloris gradually transforms the convent’s struggling choir, helping her fellow sisters find their true voices while rediscovering her own purpose in life. The narrative beautifully captures themes of friendship, redemption, and the power of music.

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Morgan Large’s set design frames the story within the majestic structure of the convent, using large stained-glass windows and a dilapidated church backdrop that add to the visual charm. Tim Mitchell’s lighting design is exceptional, with disco balls and vibrant colours that enhance the energetic mood of the show. The costumes are a delightful blend of traditional nun habits and 70s disco flair, especially in scenes featuring Eddie Souther’s dazzling attire and the gangsters’ high heels. The visual elements are both striking and immersive, perfectly complementing the musical’s lively spirit.

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Alan Menken’s score for Sister Act The Musical is a masterful blend of gospel, disco, and Motown that keeps the audience tapping their feet throughout the show. From the uplifting opener “Take Me to Heaven” to the show-stopping “Raise Your Voice,” the songs are catchy, soulful, and perfectly suited to the story’s themes. Glenn Slater’s lyrics add wit and emotional depth, enhancing each song's impact. The music is not just an accompaniment but a driving force that enhances the emotional and comedic moments of the production, making the overall experience even more enjoyable.

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The cast of Sister Act The Musical is exceptional. Landi Oshinowo shines as Deloris Van Cartier, her powerful voice and dynamic stage presence captivating the audience from the start. Wendi Peters as Mother Superior brings depth and humor to her role, creating a wonderful on-stage chemistry with Oshinowo. Eloise Runnette delivers a standout performance as Sister Mary Robert, her transformation from shy novice to confident singer is both touching and impressive. Alfie Parker’s Eddie Souther is charming and endearing, particularly in his solo number ‘I Could Be That Guy’. The supporting cast, including Ian Gareth-Jones as Curtis Jackson and his trio of henchmen, provides comic relief and added depth, making the overall performance delightful.

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Sister Act The Musical at Storyhouse Chester is an energetic, heartwarming, and thoroughly entertaining production. The combination of a stellar cast, vibrant set and costume design, and the unforgettable score by Alan Menken with lyrics by Glenn Slater makes for an unforgettable theatre experience. Despite the absence of the classic song “I Will Follow Him,” the show remains a joyous celebration of music and friendship. It’s a feel-good night out that promises to leave audiences smiling and humming long after the final curtain.

Sister Act is showing at the Storyhouse until Saturday, 29th June 2024. you can purchase tickets by clicking on the button below.

For more information about the show and its tour locations, please click the button below to visit the shows official website.

Running time - 2 hours 30 minutes (including a 20 minute interval)

Age guidance - 12+

Ticket - Members: £22.50 – £50.40

Non-Members: £25 – £56 (each ticket is subject to a £1.50 booking fee)

Photo Credit - Mark Senior

*Our tickets for this show were kindly gifted in exchange for an honest review


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