The Sister Act sisters are back, and this week it is all about Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812! We take a look inside the most Tony-nominated musical of the 2016-2017 season - discussing the show, the cast, and its journey to Broadway. Andrey may not be here, but Abby and Lily have got you covered on all things Comet.
To celebrate Patina Miller’s birthday, here she is belting out an eleven-o'clock number, the title song in this show! She originated the part in the West End and then brought it to Broadway. That’s the way to open a show. That’s the way to start a Broadway career.
Oh, Mary Robert. I feel like we're almost the same person..well, not really. I'm jewish. but i feel ya, girl..
I’ve never talked back, I’ve never slept late, I’ve never sat down when told to stand straight I’ve never let go and gone with the flow, and don’t even know, really, why. I’ve never asked questions, or taken a dare. I’ve never worn clothes that might make people stare. I’ve never rebelled, or stood up and yelled, or even just held my head high.
And all of the feelings unspoken, all of the truths unsaid, they’re all I have left of the life I never led.
I’ve never gone surfing, or ran with a crowd. Or danced on a table, or laughed much too loud. I’ve never quite dared to leave myself bared - I’ve just been too scared I might fall, I’ve never seen Paris, swum naked, been kissed. I’ve never quite realised just how much I’ve missed And what did I get for hedging each bet? Another regret, and that’s all. And all of the wishes unasked for, All of needs unfed - They’re all that remain of the life I never led.
And now… now that you’ve given me one little taste of it - And now… now that I know what I know - Well how… how can I go on ignoring the waste of it? After all of the years that I’ve clung to my fears. Won’t you help me let go? Help me let go!
I want to be brave, I want to be strong. I want to believe I’m where I belong. To stand up and say “I’m seizing the day” To not just obey, but to choose. And I may not surf, I may not see France. but I want to know I still have the chance. And maybe I’ll make a painful mistake. It’s mine though, to take or refuse. And all of the doors yet to open, all of the rooms ahead - They’re beaconing bright, scary and new - But I’m standing tall, and I’m walking through. What’s gone may be gone, but I won’t go on playing dead! It’s time to start living the life I never led.
OhMyGosh I’m in love. For the past 24 hrs I’ve been singing Take Me to Heaven, Raise your Voice, & The Life I Never Led, all scores from Sister Act, which I saw at the Broward Center last night!
If you’ve never seen the musical or movie it’s basically about a singer named Deloris who witnesses a murder committed by her gangster boyfriend Curtis. To protect her, the police hide her out…in a convent, where she glams up the place!
So last night Ta'rea Campbell played Deloris Van Cartier and I must say, she was pretty fabulous. She has this really warm, BIG voice with wonderful vocals and a pretty wide range. She also has a large amount of stage presence and I think she’s perfect from the role. I’ll post a video after of her singing “Fabulous Baby” because her voice is too lovely to resist.
Alright, one nun I really do have to mention is Mary Roberts, or more so Lael Van Keuren. At some points in time I really did think she stole the show. When she sang The Life I Never Led I literally sat there in my seat with my mouth hung open. Her voice was so powerful! I was definitely not expecting that belt at the end (which she aced) but I guess I should have known judging from the sneak peak I got at the end of Raise Your Voice, when she hits that “Gloria Dei Patris!” You can tell she’s got a good control over her voice. In a recent interview, she mentioned how The Life I Never Led was her favorite song “It’s so beautiful, it feels like a gift every time I get to sing it” and you can tell by the emotion she puts into it.
And I can’t resist talking about E. Clayton Cornelious who played Eddie Souther, or ‘Sweaty Eddie". Let me tell you, he’s got a great range. In “I Could Be That Guy” he hit some pretty low notes, and some pretty high ones for a guy. I think I melted in my seat a couple times.
OK so I know they aren’t main characters or anything, but I need to show some love for Joey, Pablo, and TJ, Todd A. Horman, Ernie Pruneda, and Charles Barksdale. They play Curtis’s lovable, hilarious, and dimwitted goons. Literally every time they came on stage, they made me laugh, and in “Lady in the Long Black Dress” I think I lost it a little. Great Job!
Hollis Resnick was amazing as Mother Superior as well. She was funny and on point and “Haven’t Got a Prayer” had me laughing and slightly in awe of her voice.
8 time Oscar winner Alan Menken’s score for this was pretty fabulous as well. The whole thing came together quite beautifully and I think it was a really successful performance. The whole musical was pretty lovely and the excitement really picked up in Act 2. I’d go see it again and you should too! It’s open at the Broward Center until the 30th! I recommend it to anyone that loves singing nuns in sequins and a happy ending (so..basically everyone)
Saw Sister Act the Musical! today. Raven was really good (and really good but firm about putting up with the annoying screaming tweens who wanted her to sign everything they owned). Really enjoyed the show (wish Spotify had Raven’s cast version though Fatina’s is on a playlist…).
Her face here is her making sure the tweens didn’t cause a stampede… -__-