Fabulous baby, is still how I would describe "Sister Act: The Musical" on Broadway, which I saw for the 3rd time on Monday, January 30, 2012. What brought me back to this show, in addition to its feel good vibe, is the fact that one of my favorite performers, Carolee Carmello, is now in the role of "Mother Superior." Thanks to my friend Tom Greenwald, I was able to enjoy this wonderful show again (and a delightful dinner afterwards with him and Carolee)!
If you have never seen "Siter Act: The Musical," now is a great time to go and if you have seen it, now is a great time to return! The show is still as fresh as when I saw it almost a year ago. Everyone looks as if they are having a fun time! Based upon the blockbuster hit movie that starred Whoopi Goldberg, "Sister Act: The Musical" follows the same story line, but contains all new original music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater. Patina Miller, who leads the cast as "Deloris Van Cartier" (the role Whoopi Goldberg played in the movie) continued to hit all the right notes! Marla Mindelle still shined brightly as "Sister Mary Robert," everytime she was on stage, but when she belted her beautifully powerful voice in "Raise Your Voice" and her big solo number "The Life I Never Led," it was simply divine! Chester Gregory continued to be a joy to watch in the role of "Eddie Souther," especially during his solo "I Could Be That Guy." John Treacy Egan ("Joey"), Demond Green ("TJ"), and Ceasar Samayoa ("Pablo") all were still dynomite as the evil henchmen. They really got to show off their talents during their song medly and while Demond does have some terrific additional comedic moments throughout the show which he delivers equisitely. All the women who played the "Sisters" continued to be full of energy, spunk, and harmony. When they sang together, it was gorgeous sound in the air!
This review would not be complete without a paragraph dedicated to Carolee Carmello, who has taken over the role of "Mother Superior." Carolee is simply perfect! Carolee brings a fresh take to the role, not only with her acting, but with her angelic vocals that really took me to heaven, especially on "Here With In These Walls" and "Haven't Got A Prayer," her two big numbers. One of my favorite new moments in the show is right before Carolee sings "Haven't Got A Prayer," she removes her habit, which shows a real vulnerability to "Mother Superior." Carolee nailed that moment, adding much more depth and emotion to that song!
If you're looking for a fabulous show that will take you to heaven, then I highly suggest checking out "Sister Act: The Musical" at the Broadway Theatre in NYC (1681 Broadway, between 52nd and 53rd Street). Click here for tickets!