When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place cops are sure she won’t be found – a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and an uptight Mother Superior. Using her fabulous disco-ness and killer voice to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community, but in doing so blows her cover. Soon it’s nun-on-the-run time but she finds salvation in the heavenly power of her newly found sisterhood. Based on the mega-hit feature film, SISTER ACT features an original Alan Menken/Glenn Slater score with a vast inspiration of musical styles from Motown, soul and funk to great big disco anthems and Barry White inspired musical comedy.
Sister Act is based on the movie with Whoopi Goldberg and in fact she’s the executive producer on this. It boasts a very talented cast including Petina Miller who plays Dolores Van Cartier like the ring, and Victoria Clark who plays the mother superior. I’m sure you know the story about a woman who is a singer in a night club witnesses a murder and hides out in a convent and teaches everybody to sing, so this is kind of a combination of Dream Girls, the Sound of Music. It’s very derivative. The songs are bouncy. There’s 37 people in the cast so it’s a huge cast. It’s truly a crowd pleaser and how many musicals are you going to see where transubstantiation is one of the lyrics of a song. Three and a half stars.