Sister Act The Musical (UK Tour) London Reviews and Tickets
Entertaining, Great singing, Funny, Delightful, Great acting
About the Show
A spirit-lifting musical adaptation of the hit film of the same name produced by Whoopi Goldberg.
Larger-than-life lounge singer, Deloris Van Cartier, is relocated to a nunnery for her own protection. When she sees the failing convent's choir, she seizes the opportunity to shake it up and help out her fellow sisters.
With original music by Tony and Oscar Award-winning composer, Alan Menken ('Aladdin', 'Beauty and the Beast', 'Little Shop of Horrors'). The score features songs including 'Take Me to Heaven', 'Fabulous, Baby!' and 'Raise Your Voice'.
This original West End production was nominated for four Olivier Awards including Best New Musical. This production is recommended for ages 10+.
"Beverley Knight’s storming voice and personality, and some stunning group numbers, just about keep this expensive but rickety musical buoyant. ... the show has warmth, several joyous moments and flashes of wit. But Bill Buckhurst’s production is the result of multiple compromises beneath the happy-clappy surface glitz."
"‘Sister Act’ is an okay musical, revived with a decent cast and reasonable charm. It’s fine. But the whole point of this production was to bring Whoopi Goldberg here and she’s not here. I don’t think the producers should be blamed for persisting with it, and they may not have had much choice. But while there’s much here to like, at its heart this is event theatre without the actual event."
"There’s something mindlessly uplifting about seeing hordes of nuns kicking off the restrained habits of a lifetime and going for it with Travolta-esque moves and grooves. The joy is preordained but it’s joy all the same."
"Economically directed by Bill Buckhurst — that faces the challenge of how to fill such an imposing space. Morgan Large’s set design is a little basic. Knight works tremendously hard as the audience cheers her on, but her acting tends to hit the same note in every scene."
"Bill Buckhurst’s production takes a while warming up in the first half... but the pacing and energy levels improve significantly in the second half. ... This joining of voices eclipses everything else and is genuinely uplifting – even glorious."
"We're never far away from an uplifting moment of self-realisation, an underlining of the power of humanity and love in a world of rules and fear and some ol' fashioned song and dance routines with voices raised in heavenly harmonies."
"As a production knowing exactly what it wants to do led by a heavenly vocalist, 'Sister Act' pulls off a lot of it with adept poise – offering a divine night out in the process. Oh, and keep an eye out for the pope-mobile!"
Sister Act the Musical has hit London with an all-star cast to bring joy to audiences this Summer, but does it hit the mark? The famous film is brought to the stage with its biggest songs stripped out in favour of a new score that doesn’t quite hit the heights of the film.