Review: Sister Act Musical at The London Palladium
Published 12 July 2010
With my full respect to the World Cup and understanding the importance of it both for funs and top sportsmen, let’s admit that many of us were yearning for something different, and have grudgingly put up over the past month with the craze over 22 men and a ball.
However, now that World Cup is over, its time to drag your significant other or friends to more stimulating and cultural entertainment. The London Palladium’s smash hit musical comedy ‘Sister Act’ – produced by Whoopi Goldberg – is the best getaway for those who need a break from the voice of the vuvuzela.
Knowing Whoopi Goldberg’s interpretation of Deloris Van Cartier in the 1990s’ American comedy film, I had high expectations of actress Patina Miller as the Deloris of The London Palladium’s Sister Act, which opened in May 2007. Ms Miller’s performance and amazing voice alone would have been enough to fill a whole-night show, but the theatre lined up a pretty impressive supporting cast to accompany her.
With Sheila Hancock as Mother Superior, Simon Webbe as Shank, Ian Lavender as Monsignor Howard, and Ako Mitchell as Eddie, we get one of the best musical casts of the West End. My personal favourite was the performance of Katie Rowley Jones as Sister Mary Robert, who perfectly played the role of the young and innocent Sister who is just about to discover the world behind the convent. Simon Webbe is known to most of us as a leading international recording artist, a member of the hugely successful boyband Blue, and also a solo artist, who has sold more than 13 million records worldwide, scoring 11 Top Ten hits 4 Top Ten albums in the UK alone. He joined the Sister Act musical at the end of May earlier this year, and plays the role of Curtis Shank, the bad-boy lover of Deloris. Although I could still feel his pop-singer background during his performance in this musical, I feel his Curtis Shank role has been the perfect West End debut he could have ever had.
In addition, we cannot forget about the live performance of the humble live orchestra, which plays hidden from our sight, almost under the stage in the orchestra pit. But without its brilliant musicians providing the music to the singing, the experience would not be the same.
As Sister Act Producer Whoopi Goldberg was quoted saying: ‘We’re so fortunate to have one of the most gifted and exciting casts in the West End and the audiences are in for a treat.”
The Sister Act Musical
Venue: The London Palladium, Argyll Street, London W1
Enquiry/Booking Telephone: 0844 412 2704
Official Website: www.sisteractthemusical.com
Note: Sheila Hancock only performs 5 evenings a week at The Palladium; please check with official site for details on which upcoming days she will be performing.
Ticket Prices: £17.50 – £62.50 (tickets available from sale at Ticketmaster)