Last week Sister Act the musical opened it’s doors in the Welsh Millennium Centre and I was lucky enough to be there for the opening night. This all new musical adaptation of the 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg, is directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood (Strictly Come Dancing) and stars the amazing Alexandra Burke, X Factor 2008 Winner and star of the stage hit musical the Body Guard.
Alexandra Burke plays the full of life character Deloris Van Cartier, who is a sassy wannabe singer on the run from her gangster boyfriend after witnessing him murder one of his gang. With the help of policeman, Sweaty Eddie (Joe Vetch) she takes refuge in a convent under the beady and disapproving eye of Mother Superior played by Karen Mann.
Based in the 70s, with its flares and disco diva themes, it’s a great feel good musical with laughs a plenty guaranteed. The gangsta men are hilarious as is the solo performed by Sweaty Eddie, in which he sings about his lack of charm and then suddenly turns into a Saturday Night Fever John Travolta look alike, and then back again, all in front of a bunch of homeless men being sick in the gutter.
The Nuns were all comical, with hilariously bad singing and some classic one liners. The chemistry between Deloris and the Mother Superior also ensured some great humour. The ladies sat behind me found the show so funny I heard one of them snort!
Whilst the whole cast were brilliant, for me, it is without question that Alexandra Burke stole the show. She belted out song after song, note perfect, with the disco and soul music really suiting her husky voice. Her moves and her comic timing were also both brilliant. It takes someone brave to take on the role of Whoopi Goldberg, but she delivered and she did so with ease.
Sister Act is the ultimate feel good musical and is ideal for a girls night out. In the words of Director Craig Revel Horwood it’s ‘just fabuulous darling!’.
Sister Act is showing at the WMC until 29th April, so catch it now before it’s too late! For further information see www.wmc.org.uk
*Photos of the production have been provided by the Welsh Millennium Centre