Sister Act: A divine musical comedy - review

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FROM the word go, Sister Act sweeps you up and dazzles you with laughter, sequins, colourful characters and faultless song and dance routines.

Not a shred of quality has slipped in bringing the divine musical comedy on tour to the Leeds Grand from its record-breaking West End run.

The show follows the endearing Deloris Van Cartier, played by Cynthia Erivo whose astonishing voice took your breath away.

Aspiring club singer Deloris is forced into hiding at a convent after witnessing a grisly murder in Philadelphia.

Despite the initial panic at the prospect of hiding her glamorous self in a plain habit, she proceeds to charm her fellow nuns and unleash their inner disco divas.

Doloris even manages to win over the disapproving Mother Superior, played by Denise Black (ex-Coronation Street, Queer as Folk) whose comic timing and dry one-liners were hilarious.

Monsignor O’Hara, played by Michael Starke (ex-Bookside, Coronation Street), needed little encouragement, however, to join the nuns in their glitzy, all-singing, all-dancing routines.

Particularly hilarious were Pablo, TJ and Joey, a hapless trio who tried to hunt down Deloris for their boss Curtis Jackson.

The show was hugely entertaining and an incredibly slick production, with stunning set designs and costumes - keep your eyes peeled for the blink-and-you-miss them repeated costume changes MID-SONG by police officer Eddie.

Everyone got into the spirit, with audience members leaping onto their feet to clap the finale - and even the theatre’s front of house staff donned habits and wimples to dress as nuns.

Pat Bruce, deputy box office manager at the theatre, said afterwards: “It’s such a great show. And to have our front of house team joining in has been great fun! We intend to continue it for the full run.

“The cast and company are a joy to work with and audiences are leaving the theatre with a spring in their step which is always great to see.”

Sister Act runs until Saturday April 14th at Leeds Grand Theatre.

Tickets are still available priced from £21 to £42.50.

Book by calling box office on 0844 8482700 or online at leedsgrandtheatre.com.