I have to admit I wasn’t planning on seeing Sister Act at Center Point Theatre. I love the theater and have an affection for the original movie but for some reason it didn’t look appealing. Fortunately my niece was in town and I was looking for something we could do together and so I decided to give it a shot. As is usually the case with Center Point Theatre it ended up being a terrific show!
Sister Act is a musical based on the 1992 film with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater (the team behind Tangled). It keeps the basic plot of the movie but doesn’t have any of the music. It might have been nice to have one song from the movie but I guess they couldn’t get the rights. The music all works within the show although it’s not very memorable on its own. There wasn’t a song I was humming on the way out but it was pleasant in the show.
As is usually the case with Center Point, the cast and production values were the real strength of Sister Act. Raven Flowers was remarkable as Deloris. I honestly think she should try out for American Idol. What a voice! All the singing was excellent and the choreography and costumes lit up the stage.
There are some mature elements with Deloris’ mafia boyfriend, so I don’t know if I would take little kids to this show. (A man at one point is even shot on stage). Evidently the night we were there the Mary Robert was an understudy and she did an incredible job. I hope she gets lead roles next time.
Sister Act is playing for a few more days, so if you get a chance to see it I recommend it. The singing is tremendous and the production is great. You’ll have a great time like I did.
This was my 25th live theater show since I got vaccinated. What a fantastic experience all this theater has been.
7 out of 10