DC50’s Robin Hamilton Gets Spirit and Sparkle at Kennedy Center’s Sister Act
When I heard Sister Act was becoming a musical, I was conflicted. I really liked the movie, so why ruin a good thing? Suffice it to say, I was more than pleasantly surprised, as this adaptation puts a new, high voltage jolt into a fun story. In fact, the musical turns the Opera House into a disco grooving church (don’t worry, you won’t have to get out of your pews).
Ta’Rea Campbell plays Deloris Van Cartier, a struggling singer in Philadelphia who witnesses a murder executed by her married lover and crime boss. Needing to take cover, she hides in a convent, disguised as a nun. Torn between survival and needing to escape the rigid order of the convent (under the stern Mother Superior, played by Hollis Resnik), Deloris learns to fit in using her voice for the meager choir.
With Deloris’ skills, the choir becomes a sensation, but gains the attention of her lover, and a chase ensues!
Campbell’s voice packs a punch, and is countered smoothly by Resnik’s elegant vocals. The entire cast is powerful and dynamic, and the choreography mixed with the glittery costumes make this church going crowd feel more party than pious.
Other major talent backs this musical too. Multi-Academy®, Grammy®, and Golden Globe Award-winning composer Alan Menken is behind the music, and Tony® and Academy Award®-nominee Glenn Slater is the lyrical mastermind.
The entire production is enough to get everyone out of their seats – including me, and is a performance that even the Pope could approve.
Sister Act is playing at the Kennedy Center Opera House now until November 10th. For tickets, go to www.kennedy-center.org or call (202) 467-4600.