Kansas City Theater Review: “Sister Act”

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  • Starlight Theater – Kansas City, Missouri
  • 16 August 2022

Many Broadway musicals have been based on popular films over the past few decades. “Hairspray,” “The Producers,” “Beetlejuice,” “Rocky,” and “Young Frankenstein” are just a small excerpt from the shows that have hit the Great White Way—new productions of “The Nutri Professor” and “Mr. with . Hollands Opus” is currently previewing in smaller towns. Some have gone on to great success, while others have faded. One of the better has just come to Kansas City.

Based on the very popular 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg, “Sister Act” is the story of lounge singer Delor1s Van Cartier (a classic Tamyra Grey) who sets out to perform at a club owned by her gangster boyfriend, Curtis (Benjamin H. Moore). auditioning for. ) on Christmas Eve 1977. However, despite his apparent talent, he was told that he was “not ready” to play the club yet. This is not the stage of Deloris, whose dream is to be a star. She knows she has talent and desire. He just needs the opportunity. When Deloris accidentally runs on Curtis and his henchmen shortly after hitting someone, she runs to the police, who decide it’s best to hide Deloris where no one will think to look for her. .

Smartly written with a brilliant score by multiple Oscar winner Alan Menken and Grammy Award winner Glenn Slater, “Sister Act” is a combination of laughter and music. Ms. Gray brings a belter voice and the comic timing of a Catskill veteran to the role of Deloris and really makes it her own. Moore, along with other excellent turns from Anne Tolpegin (Mother Superior) and Susanna Corden (Sister Mary Robert), has a supporting cast that moves the show along.

If the evening had one drawback, it was it that had nothing to do with the demonstrations. In each city, local “celebrities” appear on stage in the mute role of the Pope and on opening night we were treated to Kansas City Mayor Quentin Lucas in all his papal splendor. Unfortunately, due to some local political issues, some idiots felt the need to stage a protest in front of the stage, leading to security taking them out and being ridiculed by the closing number.

Also, I highly recommend that you grab the “Sister Act” when it comes to your city. It is, dare I say, a divine evening at the theatre.

“Sister Act” plays at the Starlight Theater in Kansas City on Sunday, August 21.

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