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Will Alexandra Burke as the disco diva turned nun make audiences forget Whoopi Goldberg? Find out here...

Will Alexandra Burke as the disco diva turned nun in the UK tour of Sister Act make audiences forget Whoopi Goldberg in the blockbuster movie of the same name? Julie from Team Muddy Somerset went along to opening night of the show’s UK tour at the Bristol Hippodrome to find out…

Well in a word, yes. For a start, the girl can sing. The X Factor‘s Alexandra Burke’s voice is spectacular (that voice really does life the roof off) but she’s also funny, touching and believable too, as the sassy disco diva Deloris Van Cartier. In case you need reminding of the plot, after Deloris witnesses her gangster boyfriend Curtis Shank commit murder, she’s forced to go into hiding in fear of her life – and finds herself exchanging her sexy sequins for a nun’s habit in a convent. At first she can’t imagine anything worse. What does she have in common with any of them?  Then she’s assigned to the convent’s really ear-wincingly awful choir…

Of course, it’s not long before she’s turning the tone deaf nuns into soul sistas  – and they all discover they’re not so different after all. This is a Feel. Good. Show.

Other members of the cast are good too, notably, Sarah Goggins as Sister Mary Roberts who can also belt out a number – which incidentally, were all written specially for the stage show.  Karen Mann as the Mother Superior who comes round to Deloris in the end, is well, superior.  Aaron Lee Lambert as bad boy Shank is handsome but conveys just the right amount of menace.

Craig Revel Horwood as director and choreographer puts his Strictly spin on the production, with glitter balls, dry ice and funky dance numbers and lots of entertaining touches like baddies being shot in slow motion and the slick moves of the drunks. The set design and lighting are clever too, allowing the action to slip effortlessly between nightclub and convent.

Go and see for yourself. Sister Act is on at the Bristol Hippodrome from now until Sat 12 August.

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