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Theatre Review: Sister Act at Meridian Theatres at Centrepointe—until 03.17.19

By Samara Caplan and Laura Gauthier on March 11, 2019

Laura and Samara spend their days as non-profit unicorns and fill every spare minute exploring the world of musical theatre as BFFs (that’s Broadway Friends Forever).

Based on the hit movie, Sister Act takes place in the late 1970s and brings to the stage the tale of an up-and-coming singer who has to take refuge in a convent to evade her murderous ex-boyfriend. Music for the show was written by Alan Menken, of The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast fame, and there are some wonderfully catchy disco-inspired songs throughout the show. Dig our preview playlist below!

Orpheus Musical Theatre does not disappoint—there’s great staging, wonderful orchestrations a strong cast. Don’t be fooled if you think a show about nuns can’t have great costumes too. Those basic black and white habits are more than meets the eye.

Jerusha Lewis, in her first starring role for Orpheus, plays the character of Deloris Van Cartier (as made famous by Whoopi Goldberg) with as much sass and independence as you remember loving her for in the movie. The full cast of nuns perfectly play up the apparent discord between the out-there Deloris, who is trying to pass off as a modest sister, with the tradition and conservatism of the convent. Of course, throughout the show you see the bonds that form between sisters and surpass any differences in lifestyle.

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If you’ve seen the movie you’ll remember the small nun with a big voice as a major scene stealer. In this stage adaption it is no different—Reba Sigler, who plays the soft and shy Sister Mary Robert, envelopes the stage in her crowd-rousing solo song, “The Life I Never Led”.

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Another crowd-pleaser was the role of Lieutenant Eddie Souther, played by Damien Broomes. Whether he was providing comedic relief, or a dazzling performance of “I Could Be That Guy”, you spend most of the show rooting for his underdog character to come out a winner.

If you were (and still are!) a fan of the movie, you’ll enjoy this uplifting show’s gospel and disco inspired toe-tapping soundtrack, which transports us to the ritz and glamour of 70s lounge shows. Orpheus Musical Theatre always brings star-quality shows to the stage, and Sister Act is no exception.

Sister Act plays at Meridian Centrepointe Theatres (101 Centrepointe Dr) until March 17th. Show runs Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7:30pm and on Sundays at 2pm. Tickets cost from $27–57 online. The show runs about 2 hours and 35 minutes with an intermission.