Review: Sister Act, Kings Theatre, Southsea

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It might have been a week day but I decided to pop on my Sunday best and visit the newly-transformed Kings Theatre nunnery for the evening and raise a joyful noise to The Portsmouth Players and their version of the 1992 hit musical film Sister Act that originally starred Whoopi Goldberg,

It’s a dramatic tale.

Nightclub singer Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder and goes into hiding in a convent and enlivens the place and the nuns by injecting fun into the usually sedate choir, unfortunately blowing her cover by doing so.

The show rises and falls on the irrepressible Deloris, played by Simone Denby who oozes charisma and brings much mirth to this divinely delirious musical.

The choreography is slick and finely detailed, yet rehearsals must have been arduous as the cumbersome habit impedes movement somewhat.

The set is very impressive as is the orchestra.

Sheila Elsdon plays an uptight delight of a long-suffering mother superior while the bad guys are a tour de force,their musical numbers are pure comedy.

It would be a sin to miss this heavenly ensemble production and the swell thing is you don’t even have to go to confession afterwards.