Oh happy day, it’s Sister Act the musical

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I HAVE yet to find anyone who hasn’t seen, and loved, the classic Whoopi Goldberg film Sister Act.

Having a desire to sing in a gospel choir (if anyone knows one, get in touch!), I was more than a little excited to hear that Sister Act - a divine musical comedy, had not only been created, but was coming to the north east.

I’m a massive musicals fan, and when this new musical burst onto to the stage at the Sunderland Empire last night, it took nearly all of my energy not to burst into song with them.

Boasting a fantastically talented cast, this is a musical that I urge everyone to see while they can.

The truly wonderful Cynthia Erivo filled Whoopi’s shoes as the nightclub singer who is forced to hide out in a convent after witnessing a murder, but she goes well beyond the film character with a sassy performance and a truly – truly – remarkable voice that was spine tingling on several occasions.

As a fan of the 1992 film I had expected to hear some of the original songs, but was pleased with the specially-penned numbers like Take Me to Heaven and Sunday Morning Fever which were just a joy to listen to.

There was a wonderful smattering of comedy as well in the form of Edward Baruwa as Eddie Souther, who has an amazing voice and fantastic musical material to work with, and an absolutely hilarious performance from Deloris’ gangster ex-boyfriend Curtis and the gang.

Sister Act the film is brilliant, but Sister Act the musical takes it up a notch. It would be impossible to leave the theatre on anything but a high.

Sister Act is at the Sunderland Empire until Saturday, November 26.