Review - Sister Act - National Tour


Sister Act - National Tour

Where is our salvation? Who will hear our call? Well, let me tell you, Landi Oshinowo and the cast of Sister Act heard it loud and clear at the Leicester Curve.

The stage adaptation of the show features the brilliant storyline of the iconic 1992 film, punctuated with brilliant music and lyrics by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater that have the audience dancing in their seats. The production is high energy and polished, with a witty script and a cast that fit together perfectly, raising the roof never mind just their voices!

We first meet Deloris, played by the phenomenal Landi Oshinowo, singing her heart out accompanied by Esme Laudat as Michelle and Amber Kennedy as Tina. The trio’s rendition of Fabulous Baby was nothing short of…well, fabulous! Oshinowo is spectacular as the diva turned disciplined Deloris with a magnificent voice and exceptional characterisation. She is the perfect balance of funny and serious, brilliantly navigating the switch from star of the show to the odd one out.

This is a stark contrast to the strict, harsh, and driven Mother Superior (Lori Haley Fox) who leads the convent superbly. Her passion for her sisters shines through as she does all she can to protect them from the unknown. Her unwavering dedication does, however, allow for some comedic breaks that allow us to enjoy a more human side and understand her love for the convent.

As Deloris lands in the unknown, we meet her sisters, all of whom have their own unique personalities. Isabel Canning is incredible as Sister Mary Patrick. She is funny, goofy, and easily excitable, but with a heart of absolute gold. It is obvious how talented she is, with a brilliant voice that shines through in every number, and her energy is just electric. I could not take my eyes off her and I was exhausted just watching!

Eloise Runnette plays an endearing and emotional Sister Mary Robert with a beautiful voice and a desperation to explore more than what the convent has to offer. Her rendition of The Life I Never Led was phenomenal. Runnette and Canning make a genius pair, a complete chalk and cheese scenario, but one that you absolutely want to be a part of. Add to this Julie Stark’s joyous Sister Mary Lazarus and you have a smorgasbord of personalities that you can’t help but fall in love with!

Alfie Parker plays a wholesome and loveable Eddie with such versatility - his switch from an emotional ballad to a groovy disco number was absolutely joyous. Ian Gareth-Jones was a formidable Curtis, flanked by the ridiculously entertaining Elliot Gooch as CJ, Michlis Antoniou as Pablo, and Callum Martin as Joey.

My face hurts from smiling the whole way through what was an evening of pure delight. Sister Act took me to heaven and back again and I loved every single second.

This show was reviewed on the 1st February 2024 at the Leicester Curve. Sister Act runs there until the 10th February 2024.  Tickets available here: Sister Act - Curve Theatre, Leicester (curveonline.co.uk)

Full tour details can be found here: Sister Act The Musical | UK Tour

**** 1/2 stars

Jasmine Richards

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