Shamelessly upbeat, tongue in cheek and a lot of fun – no, it’s not a description of yours truly but instead the new touring production of Sister Act.
The show held its opening night on Monday (October 17) at the Wycombe Swan, where it will perform until Saturday (October 22).
And with a cast that includes X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke as the sassy and streetwise Deloris Van Cartier you can bet your hat that you are in for a showy evening.
While it is unashamedly commercial it never takes itself too seriously and it will get your foot tapping along to the soulful disco beats that I am far too young to remember. A nice homage to the 1970s – which, judging by the hair and the flares, looks like the decade that fashion forgot – the performance is suitably over the top and fun.
With choreography and direction by everyone’s favourite dancing judge villain Craig Revel Horwood, the show sees a fantastically talented cast of musicians and actors both play instruments on stage as well as sing, cleverly utilising a stage which doubles up as both a dingy nightclub and cavernous church.
Alexandra’s voice is really impressive and the strength of her acting comes as a surprise as she reprises the role that Whoopi Goldberg made her own almost 25 years ago.
While the show does miss Whoopi’s charisma, Alexandra’s performance really does at times embrace the comedy.
Ostentatious and over the top, strong performances from the cast all round – who obviously enjoyed performing – ensure that despite a slow and somewhat awkward start, by the show stopping end you won’t have failed to have enjoyed yourself.
A menacing performance by Aaron Lee Lambert as Curtis brings a touch of threat to proceedings, and mention must go to Jon Robyn’s eventually heroic Eddy and Rosemary Ashe’s hilarious Sister Mary Lazarus.
No, it isn’t subtle and yes, my granddad would probably hate it but if you want an evening of fun, flares and nuns – something I never thought I would write – do catch this show while you can.