Sister Act – A Divine Musical Comedy
Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch, NZ
September 8th, 2017
By AARON DAHMEN
Sassy, stunning and beautiful – the final production of the 2017 Showbiz Christchurch season was near close to perfect.
Opening to an energetic crowd at the Isaac Theatre Royal, Sister Act – A Divine Musical Comedy had the audience in stitches from the off.
The story follows exploits of a 1970’s wannabe disco diva as she escapes from her gangster boyfriend. Having witnessed him commit a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be found: a convent.
Directed and choreographed by New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate Sara Brodie, with a gospel and disco soundtrack written by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, this is a performance for the ages.
Using her unique disco moves and singing talent, diva Deloris inspires the nuns to create a contemporary choir, becoming an immediate hit with the community. Word of their success travels fast though and reaches her ex-boyfriend Curtis, who arrives with his gang to settle the score.
With pitch perfect renditions of the greatest Broadway hits, each song was met with an equally powerful audience response. Simply put: they loved it.
Going into the break with a jaw dropping performance of Take Me To Heaven, Act 1 wrapped up as it meant to go on – the second just as strong as the first.
It was almost as if the cast had taken a quick breather, sunk a few glasses of water and were back out in no time at all. In fact, the 20-minute intermission seemed more for the benefit of the performers than the crowd, who would have been more than willing to roll on into the night.
As more than 50 nuns, gangsters, altar boys, singers, dancers and musicians entertained the onlooking musical theatre hungry crowd, artistic brilliance continued on stage with all the pizzazz of international Broadway.
Maintaining engagement through masterfully crafted comedy, one never felt out of touch as the storyline developed – inspiration for facilitating a further creative masterpiece.
Ending on a final Sister Act finale – this was the moment where everything came together. The moment where the show name in question was brought to the forefront, and duly delivered.
A Sister Act through and through; can I hear an Amen?
This divine musical comedy runs until September 17th in Christchurch. Head to Eventfinda for more info and to see where to get your tickets!
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