Westchester Broadway Theatre Welcomes Sister Act

Published: Friday, April 27, 2018 By: Evelyn J. Mocbeichel Source: Town Link Bits & Pieces

For families looking for a unique experience on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, or to celebrate a special night out with friends and family, there is a new production at the popular Westchester Broadway Theatre (WBT) in Elmsford that will be playing until July 1, 2018.

Sister Act, based on the Touchstone motion picture, tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a disco diva, whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Under protective custody, she is hidden in the one place she won’t be found—a convent! Disguised as a nun and under the suspicious watch of the Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. This is a sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, sisterhood, and music.

As anticipated, the WBT continues its habit (pun intended) of offering both fantastic entertainment and a wonderful dining experience to its audience! The dazzling dance routines and songs inspired by Motown, soul, and disco are perfectly entwined in the storyline that takes place in the 1970s. Casting is always superb and audiences quickly empathize and root for the characters in WBT plays.

This show features: Zuri Washington (Deloris Van Cartier), Mary Jo McConnell (Mother Superior), Lani Corson (Sister Mary Robert), Ken Jennings (Monsignor O’Hara), Philip Michael Baskerville (Curtis Shank), Danny Wilfred (Eddie Souther), Corben Williams (TJ), Jayson Elliott (Joey), Mike D’Amico (Pablo), Sandy Rosenberg (Sister Mary Lazarus), Katelyn Lauria (Sister Mary Patrick). Many cast members have dual roles and multiple costume changes so the equally talented ensemble of Melanie Burg, Joanna Caruso, Sincee Daniels, Hannah Eakin, Hector Flores Jr., Keyonna Knight, Jose Plaza,  T. Shyvonne Stewart, Jessi St. George, Stephanie Sable, and Karen Webb add to the strength of this inspiring production. Sister Act music is by Alan Menken with lyrics by Glenn Slater and is based on the book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner. This production contains additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane, is directed and extraordinarily choreographed by Donna Drake, with musical direction by Bob Bray.

The banter between the Mother Superior, who’s against hiding a showgirl and the streetwise Deloris Van Cartier is hilarious. Professional singer Deloris can’t believe her ears when she is assigned to join the off-key choir of nuns in the poorly funded congregation. How the nuns find their vocal talents and combine with disco dance moves provides some of the best choreography. The cast of 25 keeps the stage ablaze with song, dance, glitzy costumes and scenery. The WBT continues to impress with set design, as convent scenes are depicted with floor to ceiling stone archways and passages that replicate the nuns’ domain.

Throughout the show, the audience could be heard laughing at the humorous lines, then clapping enthusiastically following the song and dance numbers. The finale brought a well- deserved standing ovation.

The WBT dinner theatre continues to offer the best value around. Parking is free.