Sister Act Uk Tour Review 2024, Palace Theatre Manchester

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Last night, as the curtains rose on the press evening of the UK Tour of Sister Act, I was transported to a world where laughter, music, and sisterhood reign supreme. Watching a recreation of a much-loved movie is always a risk.

I go with the mantra that theatre is always best. And this is mostly the case; theatre can evoke feelings, and movies just can’t. And last night, this was very much the case.

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SISTER ACT TOUR. Landi Oshinowo and Company. Photo Mark Senior

Sister Act Uk Tour Review 2024, Palace Theatre Manchester

Sister Act is a beloved musical comedy based on the 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg. Set in the 1970s, it follows the life of Deloris Van Cartier, a spirited nightclub singer who witnesses a murder committed by her mobster boyfriend. To protect her, the police hide her in the last place anyone would think to look for her: a convent.

Disguised as a nun and renamed Sister Mary Clarence, Deloris initially struggles to adapt to the rigid lifestyle of the convent under the watchful eye of Mother Superior. However, her irrepressible personality and love for music soon begin to transform the lackluster choir into a dynamic and soulful ensemble, injecting new life into the struggling church community.

As Deloris forms unexpected bonds with her fellow sisters, she also faces the challenge of evading the clutches of her dangerous ex-boyfriend and his cronies, who are determined to silence her for good. Along the way, Deloris learns valuable lessons about friendship, self-discovery, and the power of faith while bringing joy and inspiration to those around her.

About Sister Act The Musical

Sister Act the musical, features music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, and a book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner, with additional material by Douglas Carter Beane. The musical premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse in California on 24 October 2006. It ran until 23 December, becoming the venue’s highest-grossing show ever.

The musical closely follows the film’s plot but with some adjustments and additions to adapt it for the stage.

My Review of Sister Act

If you need a little joy in your life amidst this dreary spring weather, then a dose of Sister Act is just what you need. Landi Oshinowo played the perfect Deloris with grit and passion, with the perfect pairing of Sue Cleaver’s Mother Superior. And you can’t help but fall in love with Sister Mary Robert (Eloise Runnette).

The whole cast is incredible, filling the theatre with their talent. With infectious musical numbers, hilarious antics, and heartfelt moments that brought the whole theatre to a standing ovation. Sister Act celebrates sisterhood, redemption, and the universal language of music. The musical captures the essence of finding strength, acceptance, and belonging in unexpected places through its uplifting story and memorable characters.

The set is simply understated genius, with the Church’s huge circular window as the principal backdrop. The choirboys move other props seamlessly on and off, which is a nice touch.  

SISTER ACT TOUR. Eloise Runnette. Photo Mark Senior

Where Can You See Sister Act

Sister Act is showing at the Palace Theatre until 30th March, with tickets ranging from £13.00.

Then showing at

  • King’s Theatre, Glasgow, Mon 29 Apr – Sat 4 May 2024
  • Grand Opera House York, Mon 6 May – Sat 11 May 2024
  • Princess Theatre, Torquay, Mon 26 Aug – Sat 31 Aug 2024
  • Liverpool Empire, Mon 30 Sep – Sat 5 Oct 2024

Please note I was gifted these tickets in return for a review, and you can argue with a couple of hours of pure joy, heading to the Palace Theatre, see where to Park.

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