The 1992 film has been elevated to cult-classic status since it’s original debut. Starring the formidable Whoopi Goldberg as Deloris Van Cartier, a Reno lounge singer, who witnesses a gruesome crime committed by her mobster boyfriend and is placed under witness protection in a convent.
The musical comedy is loved the world over and has been reincarnated in many forms from a broadway show to most recently an immersive cinema experience. From 21-29th April, London’s stunning Central Hall Westminster will be transformed into a pop-up cinema with live music provided by the 35-piece choir and a full band.
I went on the opening night and really enjoyed it. The show kicked off with energetic praise and worship by VM & New-Ye, if you haven’t heard of them I urge you to check them out. Once the film started it was awash of nostalgia and a new found appreciation of how the relationship between Sister Mary Clarence (aka Deloris) and Mother Superior (played by the brilliant Maggie Smith) evolves but the humorous undercurrent remains.
The live choir did do justice to the amazing music featured in the film such as, ‘I Will Follow Him’ and ‘My Guy (My God)’. However, the scene which shows the choir improve under Sister Mary Clarence’s leadership should not have diverged from the film. Hearing the progression of the choir in the film would have had more impact as the audience heard the raw singing a few scenes prior.
The show ended on a high note by paying homage to Sister Act 2 as the choir performed the unforgettable, ‘Joyful, Joyful’. All in all, the opening night was a victory for Amacoast Cinema the masterminds behind the event.
Tickets for the Sister Act Live Choir start at £35. For more information please see amacoastcinema.com.