Saturday, July 1, 2017

Sister Act the Musical: Reminiscing the Movie with a Very Glittery Broadway Version

Wazzup Pilipinas!

Sister Act the Musical is a "hilarious, feel-good musical straight from Broadway, New York playing right now since June 27 up to July 9, 2017 at the Theatre at Solaire.

The limited two-week run of the musical based from the hit movie of the 1990s featuring Whoopi Goldberg as the lead star promises the audience to groove to the original score with music by 8-time Oscar Academy, Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning composer Alan Menken (Disney’s Alladin, Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, The Little Mermaid, Enchanted, Little Shop of Horrors), with its vast inspiration of musical styles from Motown, soul and funk to great big disco anthems.

Though we won't be hearing the iconic songs like "I will Follow Him" from the actual movie, the new somngs from Alan Menken would equally delight teh audience because of their very meaningful lyrics and outstanding beats that could offer Last Song Syndrome (LSS) effect that would make you go sing some of the memorable songs again even after the show.

As media, we were given the opportunity to watch three (3) musical numbers including the festive and glittery finale song when even the giant statue of Mother Mary was all shiny and splendid to the eyes. Aside from the backstage tour, the interview with the lead cast was the ultimate highlight of the media event. You would notice that I may be a bit shaky or nervous in my video selfie interviews, and honestly my lips were all drying up from the nerve-wracking experience to be up close and personal with Broadway stars.

Above are the video interviews, including the backstage tour with the Stage Manager, from the Sisters Act the Musical media event. we've previously uploaded the same videos on our social media account on Facebook fan page during the same day after the media event and even before the gala night show so these videos on YouTube are a duplicate of what you can find on our Facebook fan page. You can see more videos on both platforms like shout-outs of the iconic Wazzup Pilipinas from the model ushers to the musical play actors and actresses.

I would highly recommend the show because it treats the audience with some memorable moments from the view and an appreciation of the original characters that would probably motivate you to re-watch the movie.

Though the lead actress of the musical is definitely a lot sexier and attractive than Whoopi Goldberg (sorry Whoopi but I have to be honest with my review), she brought in her own humorous rendition of the Deloris Van Cartier character, just as how Mother Superior strikes a resemblance of her movie counterpart but with an appeal worth praises on its own.

Now if I was given an opportunity to watch it again (up close this time, since I was seated at the balcony during the gala night) I would have appreciated and commented on even the acting including the facial and body gestures of every actor. Sadly, I have poor vision and watching the musical from up above was not really helpful. I'm betting it is a lot more engaging watching from better seats.

I could have sworn the gangsters are almost trying to steal the show with their wacky antics. They're even funnier than the nuns who were already reminiscent of the laughable characters we loved back in the movie especially the youngest nun that stood out not only because she wore a different kind of clothing compared to the other nuns, but also because of her similarity with the character as revealed from our interview with her. The leader of the gang may not have had the girl in the end, but I still feel that scenario doesn't really happen in real life (think beautiful women married to politicians and business tycoons). In real life, the good men always has a lot of disadvantage compared to the affluent and influential. Some women of today are cunning enough to set aside love for promises of comfort and luxury. Love alone could no longer feed us - do you agree?

Did the movie also have a rapping nun? I guest we should watch the movie again. Though the musical could really stand on its own especially that Millennials would not be able to relate if they had no opportunity in watching the old movie.

We also appreciate the backstage tour where the multi-tasking Stage Manager toured us around to show the props, equipment, clothing and a lot more.

Even though there were some changes done for the broadway version, like changing the year of events to probably match the music, it still lives up to the same lovable story we witnessed in the movie.

I am humbled for getting a lot of praises from the organizers, actors, and even fellow media, for what I did at the Sister Act the Musical media event.

Salamat and thank you for all the kind words. It is but appropriate for me to say that they sound like music to my ears. Lol!

Produced by Whoopi Goldberg, TROIKA Entertainment and Sister Act On Tour, LLC, SISTER ACT received five 2011 Tony Award nominations including BEST MUSICAL, BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (Alan Menken (music)/Glenn Slater (lyrics), and BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL (Cheri & Bill Steinkellner and Douglas Carter Beane).

For the Manila production, the cast of SISTER ACT are as follows:

DENÉ HILL - Deloris Van Cartier, a powerhouse disco diva wannabe with a dream of Donna Summer-esque glory. Mouthy, ballsy, brassy and quick on the quip. She has no faith in anything but herself.

REBECCA MASON-WYGAL - Mother Superior, an old-school Catholic mother superior with a spine of steel, a will of iron, and an acid tongue, but underneath a hidden heart.

BRANDON GODFREY - Curtis Shank, a super cool, super confident, smooth bad guy with soul. He is a tough narcissist with sex appeal, and charisma. He is elegant and dangerous.

WILL T. TRAVIS - Lt. Eddie Souther, a desk cop. He is charming, appealing and straight forward. He imagines himself as hip and sexy in the ‘dream’ sequence.

JARRED BEDGOOD – TJ, an undersized or oversized overeager young man with comic chops. He is the nephew of Curtis who is well-intended, but doesn’t always have the brain power to think ahead.

– Pablo, a comic and Curtis’ bodyguard who keeps mouthing off in Spanish.

SOPHIE KIM - Sister Mary Robert, a young timid novitiate who is torn whether to take her final vows or leave the convent to rejoin the world that intimidates her so. Her shy personality masks a huge, show stopping powerful singing voice.

EMMA BROCK - Sister Mary Patrick, an upbeat, fun and the eternal optimist who is filled with love and delight in God, and friendship. A comic, she is always the head cheerleader ready for an adventure, a life experience, or between meal-time snack.

NANCY EVANS - Sister Mary Lazarus, a tough, full of vim and humor, with twice the energy of anyone half her age. She’s quick on the wisecracks and always ready to roll up her sleeves and dig in.

HARRY McENERNY – Joey Finnochio, a big, burly, and fiercely loyal comic. He fancies himself as a guy women cannot resist.

KEVIN D. O’NEIL - Monsignor Howard, a stately but benevolent priest, with an Irish twinkle.

The other cast members are as follows: D’NAYSA JORDAN – Michelle/Ensemble; CAITLIN MASIANO – Mary Martin of Tours/Ensemble; MEGHAN DEELEY and TYLER SIMAKH(Swing), BERLANDE MILLS – Ensemble, Tina, Deloris (Understudy); GABRIEL RODRIGUES – Ensemble, Joey /Monsignor (Cover); DENZEL EDMONDSON, SCOTT FUSS, OLIVIA GJURICH, HEIDI HAYES, KRISTIN LITZENBERG, TAYLOR MORGAN MARSH, ASHLEY MASULA, PAIGE McNAMARA, DAMON McTOY, MEGAN OPALINSKI (Ensemble); STEPHANIE MILLER – Dance Captain/Swing)

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