Zuri Washington and a very good cast made “Sister Act” a great evening of entertainment at the fabled dinner theatre in Elmsford.
Washington, who played Deloris Van Cartier, a club lounge singer in Reno, Nevada, witnesses the club owner, who’s a mobster, shoot dead his chauffeur who has ratted on him to police. Deloris needs a hiding place after she agrees to testify as a witness and they put her in a witness protection program in St. Katherine’s Parish in a poor San Francisco neighborhood.
Deloris gets disguised as a nun—but she is far from the usual type. She sneaks out to a bar, gets caught and is put in the Parish choir. Then the fun begins with Deloris directing the choir in gospel and rock ‘n roll numbers and upbeat dancing.
The mobster’s men then abduct her from the convent—but she escapes. All the turmoil between Deloris and the convents leaders goes away as she leads the choir to higher and higher levels and Deloris and the sisters become great friends.
With great direction by Donna Drake, who also directs the choreography, and a great musical score led by Bob Bray, “Sister Act” is presented in the always professional manner that is done at Westchester Broadway Theatre. I rate it Three Out Of Four Stars.