I attended opening night of Sister Act at the Paramount Theatre in to facilitate the review. All opinions are my own.
Sister Act follows nightclub singer Deloris Van Cartier, who, after witnessing a murder by her boyfriend, Curtis, goes into witness protection in a Philadelphia convent. Deloris is immediately at odds with the Mother Superior, until Deloris revamps the lackluster parish choir, garnering new worshipers and bringing in funds to help keep the church from being sold.
Composer Alan Menken and Lyricist Glenn Slater have written an exciting score, filled to the brim with 70’s funkiness. Menken is a Disney veteran, composing for many movies and stage productions, such as, The Little Mermaid, Newsies, and Little Shop of Horrors. The show is filled with show-stopping numbers, my favorite being, “Raise Your Voice,” which is the first time we hear the re-energized choir sing together. When the song was done, the audience’s applause lasted for at least a whole minute!
The entire show is funny throughout, but for me the funniest part was the song, “When I Find my Baby,” which sounds innocuous enough, reminiscent of a Spinners song, but the lyrics take a dark turn, all about the plot to murder Deloris, while the tune stays mellow throughout. Once everyone started to catch on, the audience erupted in laughter after each verse.
There were a few weak points for me, one being a very Scooby-Do-esque chase scene near the end of act two, and some of the jokes feel forced, or shoe-horned in. There is also a love interest in the show which I felt was a bit superfluous and unnecessary, though it does make possible the song, “I Could Be That Guy,” which was a great song with several impressive on stage quick costume changes. A few small quibbles aside, I thought Sister Act was hilarious and entertaining show.
If you’re looking for a great night out of musical theater, look no further than Sister Act!
Sister Act Details
- Sister Act is currently the Paramount Theatre Seattle. The show runs through August 25th.
- The show may be inappropriate for 8 and under and runs for 2-1/2 hours with one 15 minute intermission.
- Tickets are $25 – $85 (not including fees)