Wednesday, July 31, 2019

reviews - SISTER ACT - Arizona Broadway Theatre

highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through August 24th.

"There have been dozens of popular movies adapted into Broadway musicals, though not all have met with success. With rich, comical characters and a soundtrack full of musical moments, the 1992 hit comedy film Sister Act, which starred Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith, proved ripe for a musical comedy stage adaptation. The theatrical version includes an upbeat score, a book full of big laughs, and an even bigger heart. Arizona Broadway Theatre's production features talented leads and impressive creative aspects, resulting in a joyous and joyful time...Director and choreographer Stephen Casey keeps the show moving along at a brisk pace and ensures his gifted cast land every joke in the script....ABT's cast features two exceptional leads, with Khadijah Rolle as Deloris and Lisa Franklin as the Mother Superior. Rolle is a firecracker of energy and exuberance as the headstrong Deloris..Rolle has a singing voice that soars, especially on her big ballads...Franklin's expressive facial and hand gestures and perfectly paced pauses get big laughs and beautifully display the character's stern disposition and disapproval of Deloris. Her singing voice is rich and lovely and infuses her solos with depth and meaning....makes for a rewarding, rousing and crowd-pleasing good time. " -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

"...Khadijah Rolle is the class act around which SISTER ACT revolves. (The musical, based on the popular 1992 film featuring Whoopi Goldberg, is Arizona Broadway Theatre's current production, directed by Stephen Casey.) Full of verve with a powerhouse voice to match, Rolle brings a more balanced and less flamboyant interpretation to her role than audiences may be used to...and it's just right...." Herbert Paine, Broadway World (click here to read the complete review)

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