Newcastle Upon Tyne Musical Theatre Company
21st July 2015
Theatre Royal! To review a show here is a reviewer’s paradise and I got
the honour to review Sister Act for The Newcastle Upon Tyne Musical
Theatre Company and OMG (forgive me lord !!) it was truly fabulous.
Act (the film) for me was Whoopi Goldberg, but I think I've been won
over with this musical by some great singing and some great mishaps.
let's crack on ...Deloris Van Cartier played by the amazing Lauren
Gordon (who has a voice that can make you pay attention), fancies
Curtis-the mobster (played by the great Leon Gill) but he kills his
chauffer, unbeknown that Deloris has watched the whole thing. The
killing, which for me gave us the comical moment when it didn't go quite
to plan. Leon is quite adapt to a bit of improv, so the BANG he has to
utter, when the gun sound affect didn’t work, was amusing and caused a
little bit of a titter through the whole audience.
up in the convent run by the Mother Superior played by the fantastic
Helen Cash, where she is introduced to Sister Mary Robert played by
Angela Lawery (who has a very beautiful and powerful voice) and Sister
Mary Patrick played by Sarah Wales, and the ageing rapping Sister Mary
Lazarus who brought the comedy in the songs.
Deloris is being
protected by sweaty Eddie the man who has fancied her since high school
played by one of the most powerful male voices in show Simon Pinkney.
trouble is round the corner in the form of TJ, Joey and Pablo played by
Ty Roach Thompson, Dan Greener and Andy Ewart respectively trying to
kill Deloris, after being instructed to do so by Curtis... but first of
all they have to find her which could be the hard thing!
convent Deloris gets given the task of being, then heading up the choir
which goes better than expected for everyone but this gives everyone
problems, including Deloris and Eddie (who frantically wants her to stay
out of sight- out of mind) but the best thing about the first half was
Monsignor O'Hara played by Noel Harris who reminded me of SpikeMike with
his dancing skills (Sorry Noel!!)
The nuns start the second
half, with lots of glitter and glamour and they get to practice to
perform for the Pope, but this gives Curtis and his minions their chance
to find where Deloris is, not before she is exposed to her sisters as
being a wayward woman on the run.. Deloris has to leave the convent,
much to the sorrow of the girls but to the joy of the Mother Superior..
returns, after a thoughtful night, to help her sisters sing for the
Pope (played by Phillip Stockley he is also the production manager). All
hell ensues with ninja nuns (and I even saw my friend Joe Costigan do
cartwheels!!.I thought I was dreaming) but who would save the day none
other than Eddie (Go Eddie).
The finale was a glitz fest with
lots of things to fix your eyes on including the massive Jesus statue
which if I had the room I would definitely take it when the show
The show for me was brilliant from start to finish and
will definitely be able to give the west end a run for its money with
this production with special credit going to Director/Choreographer
Sandra Laidler and Musical Director Michael Lamb.
You should get your body down to this show and party with the sisters of Newcastle Upon Tyne Musical Theatre Company.