Preview: Sister Act, King’s Theatre

Sister Act. Pic: Phil Wilkinson
Sister Act. Pic: Phil Wilkinson
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“When the wimples start quivering and the nuns start rocking to raise the Gothic rafters, all is right in the kingdom of musical comedy.”

Local amateurs The Bohemians Lyric Opera Company add another milestone to their already impressive history this evening when they present the Scottish Amateur Premiere of the hit Broadway musical Sister Act, at the King’s Theatre.

Based on the movie of the same name, which starred Whoopi Goldberg as Deloris Van Cartier, the world’s most unlikely nun since Robbie Coltrane and Eric Idle in Nuns On The Run, the stage version of Sister Act features an original score inspired by Motown, soul and funk as well as great big disco anthems.

The man responsible for it is multi-Oscar winning composer Alan Menken, whose other scores include Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Enchanted.

For those who have never seen the film, Sister Act brings convent and nightclub life together in a hilarious musical clash of worlds.

When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place cops are sure she won’t be found - a convent.

Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and an uptight Mother Superior. Using her fabulous disco vibes and killer voice to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church, but in doing so blows her cover.

Soon she’s on the run but finds salvation in the heavenly power of her newly found sisterhood.

Sister Act, King’s Theatre, Leven Street, tonight-Saturday, 7.30pm (matinee 2.30pm), £15-£19, 0131-529 6000