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Take Me To Heaven
Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy
Member Name: wendz86
Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy
Advantages: Great cast, story, scenery, costumes, music etc!
I ordered the tickets from See Tickets online. If you go onto the site for Sister Act then it will direct you to here to buy tickets. The tickets I ordered were for the stalls and cost £47.50 each, there were some slightly more expensive ones nearer the front at £62.50 and there were also cheaper ones at £37.50, £25 and £17.50 in the upper circle. Tickets can also be purchased at more late notice from ticket booths around London and also from the theatre itself.
The theatre that Sister Act is being shown at is The London Palladium. This is located just off Regent Street and Oxford Street on Argyll Street. It is very easy to get to via tube or on a bus. It is very busy around that area especially on a Saturday so I would give yourself enough time to travel.
The London Palladium is a beautiful looking building that was opened in 1910. It has hosted more Royal Variety Performances than any other theatre making it one of the most famous. It is really beautiful looking inside and out. I love how traditional these theatres look as it really adds to your experience.
There are various shops and people selling programmes etc throughout the theatre. The small programmes were priced at £3.50 so I think this is quite reasonable. The shop also sold various bits of merchandise like mugs, t-shirts etc. There was a bar which was fairly empty when we went although to be fair it was a matinee performance. The prices were very expensive at £7.40 for a glass of wine but they did also have free tap water if you needed a drink.
Now for the show itself. Sister Act as many of you know is a film starring Whoopi Goldberg. The play is loosely based on the same story as the film but there are also some differences. Sister Act is the story of a woman called Deloris Van Cartier (Patina Miller) who is a bigger than life singer in bars and clubs. Her boyfriend Curtis is always promising her things but they tend to be a big let down. She dreams of being a big star one day but while leaving the club one day she accidently see's Shank (Chris Jarman) and his gang murder a man. She needs to escape but has no idea of where to go and the only place the police can think to hide her is in a convent, no-one will ever find her there or will they?
The story is a really fun one. Although it is based around a murder happening this isn't really the main part of the story. The main part is really what happens when Deloris is actually in the convent. It shows her journey and how she changes as a person and starts to put other people first. I found the first part of the story was fairly long and the second half quite quick but I enjoyed all of it. It obviously is a sort of silly story as it involves singing Nun's and lots of humour but that is what makes it such an enjoyable show.
The cast were brilliant. Patina Miller did a fantastic job as Deloris, she was a brilliant singer and dancer and also acted very well making you laugh and cry with her. Chris Jarman played the baddie well , it obviously worked as the audience all booed him at the end! Some of the smaller characters that were used for humour were amongst my favourites. These include Sister Mary Patrick (Claire Greenway) who provided lots of laughs throughout. I also liked the song that the three other bad guys did, that was one of my favourite moments of the show.
The music was good. They weren't able to use the songs that were in the film but I think the songs that were produced for the show were great and some were very catchy as well. I was singing 'take me to heaven' after I had come out. I think having it's own music enabled it to be a different from the film so that people won't compare it as much. The orchestra did a brilliant job of playing the music as well.
I was thoroughly impressed by the scenery as I always am when I go and see a West End show. The way they move it around for different scenes is always amazing and a lot of time and money has obviously gone into this. Even little details like don't walk and walk signs that change in the background make it seem like you are really there. The costumes were also great especially the ones that changed from one costume to another without you even noticing. I thought that was very clever.
Overall Sister Act was a great show that was very professional and provided fun and laughter as well as a few more serious moments. I would definitely recommend it to others.
Summary: A well polished show that is great fun
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