Okay so I was really dejected after I unknowingly deleted some of my blog photos. I didn’t finish the Internship post I was writing because I was so angry at myself for being so reckless. Anywho, I decided to write about my experience with Sister Act because this is definitely one for the books!
When I heard that Sister Act will be coming here to Manila, I was ecstatic!! I remember watching Sister Act the movie because my mom loves it so much. At first, I was unsure if I will be able to watch the musical because a.) I have no money saved up because I have no self control and b.) that’s pretty much it.
But a miracle in the form of my sister’s former internship boss, Miss Sari, we were able to watch it. FOR FREE. Nearest to the stage. Of all the musicals I’ve watched, this is the closest I’ve been to the stage. I was beyond grateful. I was willing to go and walk to her office and get the tickets. I was also regretting not working there for my internship hahaha!
Fast forward to that day, on a faithful Friday, their opening night, I was wearing what I deemed was appropriate for the theater. After my day at my internship, my dad will come and get me and my mother from her office and straight to Solaire. I wouldn’t tell this story if it wasn’t interesting.
It started raining cats and dogs. The kind where an umbrella can’t really keep you dry. My sister and I were panicking because there is no way in hell we’re gonna miss this show and waste those tickets. The cars aren’t moving, it was already 6 in the evening and we still haven’t gotten our mom from her office. The show starts at 8pm.
I was holding onto hope while my sister just accepted defeat. There were talks of just taking an Uber so we can go straight to the theater. But thank god we have the best Grab driver in town and that’s my dad. We arrived at the entrance and my sister and I ran to the theater and scattered to our seats. We even had time to go to the restroom. Everything just fell into place. I can definitely now say with conviction that miracles do exist.
On with the show!! I instantly like a musical if their opening song reaches out to me. Like how Wicked opens up with No One Mourns the Wicked, or High School Musical with What Time Is It?. Sister Act did not disappoint. I loved it especially because it was set in the 70s and I freaking love the 70s!!! The lead role, Deloris Van Cartier was hilarious!! She was played by Dene Hill who now follows me on Instagram. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get the names of all the cast.
I would go on and on about the musical and how funny it was but I’m not gonna. Sister Act is officially in my top 5 musicals. I was smiling the entire time. They described the musical to be a “feel good musical” and yes it’s true. It’s a stark contrast of my ultimate favorite, Les Miserables. The songs are so upbeat that sometimes I just want to get up and dance but I remember this is not a praise and worship event. I wouldn’t be surprised if the songs are really great because the music is by Alan Menken, the Disney genius who wrote songs/music for Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and many more. I am also proud to see an Asian play a big role in the musical. In the movie, it was played by an American woman. In this musical, she was played by a Korean woman. She plays Sister Mary Robert. I don’t usually see Asians play in musicals, except for Lea Salonga my love and some of the cast from Miss Saigon. I was so happy and proud. I’ve been following her on Instagram and found out that she wasn’t allowed to play in their China shows. They’re missing out on a great performer.
I am also in love with the sparkly outfits and my most favorite song/dance number would be Lady in the Black Dress. The only thing that came out of my mouth was laughter.
I definitely would want to watch this again. The only thing I’m sorry about is that they didn’t have really good merch so I don’t have a Sister Act souvenir. Anyway, musicals are about experiences.
FINAL GRADE: A