There’s nothing like a gospel-fueled, ’70s-parody musical to get your spirits up during a rough time.
I mean, I’d never seen one of those until last night, but I imagine the effect is the same across the board.
Sister Act is playing at the Fox, and it’s a rockin’ and rollin’ good time. After a log couple of weeks at work, I really needed a night with a girlfriend, a martini in a plastic glass, and little spin on Whoopie’s famous character to lift my spirits.
Does Sister Act have its cringe-worthy moments? Sure. Is it 100% true to the movie? Not so much. But it’s, overall, a fun-for-the-family romp with catchy songs, some incredible belters, and really fabulous costumes.
The plot is as you may remember from the movie: a take-no-shit black diva witnesses a heinous crime, hides out in a convent, and subsequently wins the hearts, minds, and pipes of all the culture-shocked sisters. When diva Dolores gets the convent to “raise their voices” to heaven, you can feel the Fox’s rafters shake form the power emanating from the cast. The show has a solid middle section full of intrigue, hilarity, and incredible music, but the beginning and end get slightly disjointed and fall flat. No matter – you still leave feeling overjoyed and impressed.
It’s a show worth seeing. It taps “Book of Mormon”’s religious chiding without being offensive, it borrows from “Legally Blonde”’s sense of humor without being obnoxious, it winks at ’70s cheese without using it as a plot prop, and it propels itself on gospel music’s roots without dishonoring it. It’s a show trying to balance a lot of things, to overall success. And it really does make you want to “raise your voice.”
Sister Act plays at the Fox through the 28th. Tickets start at $30.