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Musical Review

Wednesday, 23 April, 2014 0:50 AM

'Sister Act' is fabulous at Detroit's Fisher Theatre

Photo credit: Joan Marcus

The Detroit cast of "Sister Act"

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

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DETROIT -- "Sister Act," a divine musical comedy, comes rolling into town for a limited engagement at the Fisher Theatre on April 22 to May 4, 2014.
"Sister Act" received five 2011 Tony Award nominations from Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical, Best Actress in a Musical and Best Featured Actress in a Musical. It is also produced by Whoopi Goldberg.

Based on the 1992 film, which also starred Whoopi Goldberg, the musical/play takes place in Philadelphia in the 1970's. It is about an aspiring singer named Deloris Van Cartier (Ta'Rea Campbell) who is in love with a mobster named Curtis Jackson (Melvin Abston) and witnesses a murder committed by Jackson. She heads to the police station and meets "Sweaty Eddie" the policeman (Chester Gregory) who had a crush on her in high school. He orders her in the witness protection program and sends her to the Queen of Angels convent.

In the first act, I like the way Deloris who is now Sister Mary Clarence recites the Our Father. It was hilarious. "Our Father who art in Heaven, Howard is his name......Give us this day our daily bread and to the Republic for which it stands."

The second act begins when Sister Mary Clarence and the uptight Mother Superior (Hollis Resnik) are in the confessional and Sister Mary Clarence says people like to go to casinos not to church. With hand gestures, she recites "Here is the church, here is the steeple, open the doors and there is no people."

Being a singer, Mother Superior suggests she joins the choir. Describing the choir, Mother Superior says "There are no words." As Sister Mary Clarence takes over the choir, she realizes that really "there are no words" to describe them. While the nuns are singing, Monsignor O'Hara (Richard Pruitt) announces they have been invited to sing for His Holiness. One nun pipes up and says "Johnny Carson???"

While watching TV, the mob sees the nuns choir on the screen and find out they are from Queen of Angels parish. So they head over there to kill Deloris. Deloris finally confesses to the nuns that she is really not a nun, and she is not really Catholic. Another nun speaks up and says "But you're really a Negro, right?" To find out what happens next, you'll have to see the musical.

Performance times are Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m., and Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m.

The musical began at 8:05 p.m. with the announcer stating that the use of recording devices is a "sin", and please turn off all cellphones. Now give us an Amen. "Amen" said the audience. The place was packed, from what I could see, every seat was taken. There was a fifteen intermission between the two acts. Also strobe lights were used in this performance. I thought the musical was magnificent. Each set change was fantastic and the sparkling costumes at the end was fabulous. What a magical light-hearted comedy with great music! I loved it.

OERALL RATING: A

Tickets for Sister Act start at $40 (includes parking and facility fees) and go on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787, online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.broadwayindetroit.com on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. and at the Fisher Theatre box office on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 10 a.m. Tickets for the Special Open Captioned performance may be purchased in person at the Fisher Theatre box office or by phone at 313-872-1000, ext.0. A limited number of premium seats will be available through Ticketmaster and at the box office.

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Photo credit: Joan Marcus

Ta'Rea Campbell and Hollis Resnik in "Sister Act"

 

Photo credit: Joan Marcus

"Sister Act" runs from now through May 4 at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit.

 

 

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