Sister Act: Take Me to Heaven Review

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.

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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.

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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.

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me and my dad!

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

 

 

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Les Miserables Experience

Les Miserables: The Feels and Tears

The Book:

I haven’t read the book yet because I’m still searching for the perfect book cover. I know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but this is important to me(please don’t judge me!). But I know the gist of it and most of the characters’ names. I’m also on the hunt for a very old copy of the book.

The Movie: 

The first time I saw Les Mis was back in high school. I got permission from my mother to skip my afternoon classes so I can go with my sister and watch the premiere of Les Miserables. My sister’s college (which is also my college now) hosted a premiere night of Les Mis. Invite everyone, they said. So mom and I sat with other strangers who are most likely friends and families of the students of the college. I sat through the whole movie, tried not to cry during Eponine’s death and Valjean’s death and fantasized Enjolras. After that, I have rewatched Les Mis countless of times and secretly judging my friends who haven’t watched it. I also felt really proud when my friend asked me to narrate the story for him for his class. I had no idea that Hugh Jackman can sing so let me say that he did a terrific job! I love you so much Jean Valjean! The cast was a great ensemble and they all portrayed their characters very well, (hello Thenardiers!) It was such a great movie that it’s one of my top 5 favorite musicals. The movie is quite long but so worth your time.

The Musical:

As a big fan of Les Mis, the moment I heard they were going to perform here in Manila, I was off the roof! Everytime I see their billboard, I would yell and I’d get scolded for surprising my mom while driving. No question, I HAD to go. So I go with my sister and best friend. Courtesy of my papa of course. It was truly a night to remember. All the feels and tears. The ticket price is definitely worth it. We were also very lucky because they were on their last week and they just extended it! I finished my 10pack Instax films in one night. The cast, oh my god, I wish I was up there with them, belting out my rendition of On My Own, my favorite song tied with One Day More. Les Miserables is my number one favorite musical of all time. The actors and actresses were the perfect cast, I especially took a liking to the actress that played my favorite character, Eponine. She was played by Kerrie Anne Greenland and she has her own album. Gosh, she’s one of the best!!

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This was the second international stage musical I have watched, the first one is Singin’ in the Rain and I am madly in love with them both. I also had to hold my tears while watching the tearjerker parts because that’s how good they were but I secretly cried during One Day More. There was also one Filipino actress who played a major character in the musical and can I just say that Rachel Ann Go just raised the bar.

I got my love for Les Miserables when I first watched the movie then add my obsession with Lea Salonga and the rest is history!!! If there’s a musical I could watch everyday without getting tired of it, it would be definitely this.

Details:

-My sister and I bought Official Les Miserables shirt with Cosette’s face on it. Fangirl time!

-My seatmate during the play was very obnoxious! She was chatting on viber during the play and the light was blinding I even had to cover the right side of my face and I was just beyond shocked on how rude she was.

-We met one of my childhood bestfriends and her family on the same night! Amazing!

-I had a major exam the next day at 7am and the play ended at 11pm and I went to bed at 2am.

-I stalked all the casts’ instagram accounts and fangirled at all the photos backstage.

FINAL GRADE: 10/10!!!