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Sister Act at The Alhambra, Bradford

Published by: Cameron Lowe on 21st Feb 2017 | View all blogs by Cameron Lowe

 Review by Graham Clark

The last time that Alexandra Burke was in Bradford was to open the Broadway Shopping Centre,the X Factor winner is now back in the city playing the disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. So, under protective custody she is hidden in a place that she will not be discovered - a convent!

 

It was always going to be a test playing such a commanding role (played by Whoopi Goldberg in the original film version) but Burke pulls it off with ease. Her facial mannerisms are are a treat.

 

It is a feel good show set in Philadelphia in the mid 70's when disco was king and Deloris was more into Donna Summer than the church.

 

Deloris finds solace in the convent choir.  Mother Superior (Karen Mann) is a complete contrast to Deloris. The smooth talking man about town who turns into the murderer, Curtis, is played by Aaron Lee Lambert who also doubles up dressed up as a percussionist playing nun in the shows band.

 

Police officer Eddie played by Joe Vetch strikes up a relationship with Deloris who has a new identity as Sister Mary Clarence. The choir go on to be so successful that they gain media attention that advertises the whereabouts of Deloris so that Curtis and his sidekicks  know where to find Deloris (the disco diva turned Nun)!

 

The dance routines are infectious, the songs seem to be pastiches of disco classics but holding it all together is Alexandra Burke who is always the star of the show.

 

Sarah Goggin as Sister Mary Roberts comes to the fore during the evening, her singing voice perhaps a little too shrill at times. The underdog of the choir, she provides the comical role of the night.

 

There are influences of other 70's shows too like Saturday Night Fever with Police officer Eddie doing a good John Travolta impression at some points in the show.

 

With her new identity blown, Deloris decides to stay with the nuns and sing for a performance in front of the Pope.

 

As the title of one of the songs says, "Look At Me I'm Fabulous Baby", this is a fabulous show.  A standing ovation from the audience was rightly deserved.   Fabulous.

 

 

Runs until Saturday 25 February 2017

 

www.bradford-theatres.co.uk

 

Telephone: 01274 432000

 

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