Craig Revel Horwood’s Sister Act starring Alexander Burke has arrived at the New Wimbledon Theatre and it is fab-u-lous.
It is a story of self-discovery and sisterhood – with disco diva Deloris Van Cartier (Burke) in the centre.
It all starts with Deloris witnessing a murder committed by her gangster boyfriend, Curtis (Aaron Lee Lambert).
Officer in charge, Eddie (Jon Robyns), decides to hide her away among the nuns – and so the adventure begins.
Deloris walks into a convent and instantly wants to make the most of the good acoustics – and soon the empty building is transformed into a house filled with music, dancing and laughter.
The seamless staging also sees a bar and police station appear before our eyes.
The easy scene transitions are a harmonious coordinated collaboration of lighting, sound and stage movement.
It is a credit to the collaborative work of set designer Matthew Wright, Richard G Jones’ lighting design and Richard Brooker’s sound design.
While Burke is the outstanding star of the show, her co-stars are worthy companions.
The convent nuns in particular, lead by mother superior (Karen Mann) steal your affection from the first screeching ‘hallelujah’, to the final harmonious farewell melody.
“I love the movie, that’s why I decided to do this,” said Revel Horwood.
”I wanted to make great for fans like me.”