Nuns have always had a successful run in musical theater. From The Sound of Music to Nunsense, people have proven they love to see sisters belt out songs on stage. Sister Act is the latest in a long line of Broadway productions to bank on this fact. The movie musical, based on the 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg, is on stage now at the Old National (Murat) with Broadway Across America.
The story is about a struggling singer, the girlfriend of a night club owner, who witnesses a murder and must go into hiding. The police decide to hide Deloris in the last place anyone would look, a nunnery. She’s forced to reign in her wild behavior and abide by their rules. She finally finds an outlet for her passion to sing by directing the church’s choir. The story is really secondary to the string of big musical numbers that carry the show.
Hollis Resnik plays Mother Superior and provides a constant stream of acid quips, keeping the audience in stitches. Fans of the movie will recognize all of their favorite characters in this production. Diane J. Findlay’s cranky Mary Lazarus is a crowd favorite. The exuberant Mary Patrick (Florrie Bagel) cheers everyone up and Deloris helps the shy Mary Roberts find her voice.
The best element of the show is its playfulness. It never takes itself too seriously and includes funny numbers like Eddie’s (E. Clayton Cornelious) breakout disco solo “I Could Be That Guy” and Curtis’ ode to assassination in “When I Find My Baby.” The musical is confectionery fluff; fun, entertaining and gone in a moment.
Don't Miss the Show
The show runs until Sunday, March 3 at the Murat Theatre so hurry to get tickets. Tickets can be purchased at Clowes Memorial Hall, The Murat Theatre, by calling (800)-982-2787 or online here. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
Photos courtesy of Broadway Across America