The hit Broadway musical “Sister Act” has made it to Chicago. The musical, which was first seen in theaters in 1992 starring Whoopi Goldberg, stars Chicago veteran Hollis Resnik. A recent recipient of a Jeff Award for her role in Follies at the Shakespeare Theater, Resnik is sure to delight audiences. The show has been making its rounds for years, it was first seen in regional theatres in 2006 and 2007, originally scored by award winning composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater. The show went to London in 2009, disappeared, came back two yeas later with a revised version on Broadway, and now it’s back with a national tour.
“Sister Act” is about a lounge singer, Deloris Van Cartier, from Reno who goes into hiding in a convent after finding herself pursued by gangsters. It’s a story of sin, salvation, but mostly the “power of friendship.” Though basically following the plot of the movie, there is a difference in the musical version of Sister Act according to Goldberg, “…in the musical, the Deloris character is somewhat different. She is younger, she can actually sing, and she is more of an aspiring star who becomes great.” (Suntimes)
The musical has been getting rave reviews from critics and fans alike. But the best way to tell if a musical is good or not, is to actually see it yourself. “Sister Act” will be playing at the Auditorium Theatre (50 E. Congress) until Dec. 2. Tickets are $28-$103, and can be found at broadwayinchicago.com.