Wednesday, March 20, 2019


If you (God forbid) witness a murder and if the killers know your name, you might feel a compulsion to disappear and leave town quickly, preferably in disguise. If you’re a wannabe cabaret lounge singer named Deloris Van Cartier, you might run as fast as possible and seek refuge in the most unlikely place known to woman or man: a nunnery.
 Sequins, sass, sparkle and shine are not the usual words that come to mind when you think of sisters of the cloth. The conservative and sensible, charitable and caring, convent of nuns is undergoing a transformation not of its own choosing. Under the direction of the good and no nonsense Mother Superior, an inflexible but compassionate Suzanne Powers, the Monsignor (Steve Sorrero) has warned that the church is in danger of closing due to poor attendance and financial woes.
Deloris who unwittingly witnesses a murder by her boyfriend and boss Curtis (Kyle Riedinger) and his gang of thugs (Joe Cardozo, Dominick Benjamin, Sergio Mandujano and Jeffrey Jannitto) does the honorable deed and reports it to the police, in this case Police Detective Eddie Souther, (Berlin Charles) an honorable man who has feelings for her. What happens to Deloris as she plays a cloak and dagger game with the criminals chasing her is captured in the rousing comedy "Sister Act The Musical" roaring into Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Bridgeport weekends until Sunday, April 7.
Decades ago Whoopi Goldberg played the wise cracking, joyfully singing Deloris in the movies. This new version with book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner, music composed by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater stars Simone Palmer as the spunky and spirited disco diva. New music reaches heavenly heights with such spirited numbers as "Fabulous, Baby!," "Raise Your Voice," “Spread the Love Around” and "Take Me to Heaven."
As Deloris goes under wraps in the protective skirts of the good sisters, she soon finds herself pressed into service of a godly nature. The convent's choir is suffering mightily and Deloris appears like an angel sent from above to perform miracles and offer a joyful noise unto the Lord. Prepare to be blown away as this chorus is rejuvenated to razzle-dazzle 'em proportions. Catch the infectious spirits as this sisterhood of Jacqueline Maclean, Julia Lennon, Jeanie Wright, Katelyn Tucker and Roye Anastasio-Bourke soars to the rafters.
For tickets ($28.75 - 37.75), call the Downtown Cabaret Theatre, 263 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport, at 203-576-1636 or online Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday , Saturday at 5 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. and Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Remember to pack goodies to eat at your table as this is cabaret.
Learn how the powerful glue of friendship cements Deloris with her newly found sisterhood of singing sisters. You'll have lots of good reasons to rejoice!

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