A di­vinely good time

Northern Outlook - - OUT & ABOUT -

The feel-good Broad­way mu­si­cal com­edy smash.

Fea­tur­ing orig­i­nal mu­sic by Tony and eight-time Os­car win­ner, Alan Menken (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Lit­tle Mer­maid, Lit­tle Shop of Hor­rors), Sis­ter Act was nom­i­nated for five Tony Awards in­clud­ing Best Mu­si­cal.

The Show­biz Christchurch pro­duc­tion will be di­rected and chore­ographed by 2015 NZ Arts Lau­re­ate win­ner, Sara Brodie.

It is Philadel­phia, Christ­mas 1970 when wannabe disco diva Deloris Van Cartier wit­nesses a mur­der com­mit­ted by her gang­ster boyfriend. She is put in pro­tec­tive cus­tody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a con­vent!

Dis­guised as a nun, un­der the non de plume Sis­ter Mary Clarence, she finds her­self at odds with both the rigid life­style of the nuns and their up­tight Mother Su­pe­rior. Us­ing her unique disco moves and singing tal­ent, Deloris in­spires the nuns to cre­ate a more con­tem­po­rary choir, and they be­come the hit of the com­mu­nity.

Word of their suc­cess reaches her ex-boyfriend Cur­tis, who ar­rives at the con­vent with his mob to set­tle their score with Deloris. A bat­tle en­sues be­tween the mob and Deloris’s newly found sis­ter­hood of feisty nuns.

Filled with pow­er­ful gospel mu­sic, out­ra­geous danc­ing and a truly mov­ing story, Sis­ter Act will leave au­di­ences breath­less. A sparkling trib­ute to the univer­sal power of friend­ship, Sis­ter Ac­tis rea­son to Re­joice!

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