Thursday, May 26, 2016

Sister Act

Eddie Souther, Dan'yelle Williamson,
Mary Martello & Ron  Wisniski
Come and delight in the joyous act of a lifetime as Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street, presents Sister Act on its mainstage through July 17. Directed and stunningly choreographed by Richard Stafford, this toe-tapping musical comedy will have you rockin’ in your seats when you’re not falling out of them with gales of laughter.  Set in Philadelphia, Sister Act tells the tale of a talented young woman (Dan’yelle Williamson) from the “the hood” whose musical aspirations are put on hold when she witnesses a murder. While being hidden in a convent to insure her safety, she not only puts her musical talents to good use but develops a true understanding of friendship. Thwarted at every turn by Mother Superior (Mary Martello) but supported by Monsignor O’Hara (Ron Wisniski), high-spirited Deloris Van Cartier (Ms. Williamson), encourages the sisters in the convent to lift their voices in joy. Their rousing songs and exuberant dance moves are a delight to watch.  It is not only the sisters who enchant.   Every cast member has a captivating voice. From the good… police chief Eddie Souther (Kent Overshown) to the bad… murderer Curtis Jackson (Philip Michael Baskerville) solos are strong.  Bad boys Joey (Fran Prisco), Pablo (Tony Castellanos), and TJ (Billy D Hart) sing and dance their way right to your funny bone. The design team has done a spectacular job as well.  Scenic Designer Peter Barbieri and Lighting designer  Jack Mehler have not only accomplished quick scene changes by movements of screens and panels, but have designed a magnificent church with apparent stained glass and varying lights both on the stage and surrounding it. Costume Designer Gail Baldoni has given the production a multitude of outrageously entertaining dress. For more information or tickets, call 215-574-3550, 800-982-2787 or visit online at or Ticketmaster. 

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