One Terrific Sister Act

Queen of Angels Choir

Sister Act, the five-time Tony-nominated smash hit is in town! Crime, faith and a whole lot of dancing nuns – there was something for everyone, and as David commented at the end “So much glitter! I like the glitter best, mummy.” While Daryl declared, “I like the pretty one, mummy. The pretty lady with the big curly hair.” 

Deloris and her girls

Based on the hugely popular film from the 1990s, Sister Act features original music by 8-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors), with a vast inspiration of musical styles from Motown, soul and funk to great big disco anthems and Barry White inspired musical comedy.

The music was certainly exceptional, and there were some heart-tugging moments during the performance. My favourite pieces would have to be Sister Mary Robert’s (Sophie Kim) rendition of The Life I Never Led and Sister Act by lead actress Deloris Van Cartier (Dene Hill).

I don’t need a spotlight,
I don’t need a crowd,
I don’t need the great wide world
to shout my name out loud.
Don’t need fame or fortune,
nice as those things are,
I’ve got all I need
to feel like I’m a star.
I’ve got my sisters by my side.
I’ve got my sisters’ love and pride.
And in my sisters’ eyes
I recognize the star I want to be.
 

And with my sisters standing strong,
I’m on the stage where I belong.
And nothing’s ever gonna change that fact.
I’m part of one terrific sister act.

Mother Superior and Deloris’ first meeting
“Sweaty Eddie” and Deloris – an unlikely romance

We watched Deloris transform from an irreverent, ambitious and impulsive girl to a woman who had come to terms with her need for others and realised that the spotlight was not all it was cracked up to be. Mother Superior (Rebecca Mason-Wygal) also put up a stellar performance that had us torn on her behalf between her principles and pride. But for me, the best part was seeing the shy and prim-and-proper Sister Mary Robert break out of her shell and discover her true self, gaining the courage to stand up for what she believed in. Big love for her, the only Asian on the stage!  (Read and watch Sophie Kim’s inspiring story here)

Girl power!
Curtis’ men, aka the bad boys

We applaud Sister Act for not just the noteworthy leads, but its incredible supporting cast. From Curtis’ henchmen to the troupe of sisters, it was as if each actor/actress fit their role to perfection. There was no playing of multiple roles – each had his character and was true to it, to the very end. Which meant a kaleidoscope of quirky characters and unique mannerisms, and that made us fall in love with the show all the more.

As for the costumes, I absolutely loved the glittery and glamourous habits the nuns donned towards the end. Both boys were as much mesmerized by the shine of the gowns as by the nuns’ groovy dance moves. You should have seen Daryl gazing at them in awe, with his mouth open and eyes opened wide… if only photography was permitted during the show, I would certainly have snapped a pic! As it was, hubby and I were giggling away at his expression of wonder. 😉

A glittering grand finale!

The show did get me thinking about how church services have evolved over the years. Where do you draw the line between a concert and a worship service? Between being inviting and letting go of principles? Between grace and truth, love and limits? Food for thought.

Perhaps, the ending says it best.

All things being even,
here’s what I believe in –
Nothing matters more than love.
Friendship and affection…
Real connection…
It’s a gift from above.

Get up!
(Everyone join your hands together)
Get up, and join the crowd on the floor!
Jump in!
(Everyone find the common ground)
Jump in!
That’s what your spirit is for.
Reach out!
(Everyone, sister and brother)
Reach out! Embrace the love thatcha found!
Then go a head let it spread all around!
(Love one another spread it around)
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Don’t miss the wonderful act that is Sister Act, showing from now till 28 May 2017 at the Marina Bay Sands MasterCard Theatres. Get your tickets from SISTIC here!

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We were sponsored a family pack of tickets by Base Entertainment Asia to watch Sister Act the musical for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was received, and all opinions expressed are ours. Performance photos used are courtesy of Base Entertainment Asia.

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