Re-Review: Sister Act with Whoopi Goldberg, Palladium

“I had a revelation when I skipped my medication”

One of the cardinal rules of theatre booking is that you should never book to see a show just to see a particular performer as that road can only lead to disappointment. And so it came to be when I booked a return visit to Sister Act The Musical when it was announced that Whoopi Goldberg would be covering the role of Mother Superior for most of August for the sole reason of seeing her rather than any desire to see the show again. With the sad news of her mother taking very ill, Whoopi was forced to cut her run short and return to the US and so I ended up giving my tickets to a friend.

But the world works in mysterious ways and I clearly had some good karma stored up so when I booked the shows on my Groupon deal (including this one as I had decided to give it a whirl again since it had announced it was closing in advance of a move to Broadway and also to make way for The Wizard of Oz) and was randomly allocated a date, it just so happened to coincide with Goldberg’s return to the show for just 5 performances. Continue reading “Re-Review: Sister Act with Whoopi Goldberg, Palladium”

Finalists of 2009 Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year

Aaron Lee Lambert (Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama) 
Hara Yannas (LAMDA) 
Cynthia Erivo (RADA) 
Brett Lee Roberts (Birmingham School of Acting) 
Lisa Lynch (Mountview Academy) 
James Smoker (Honourable mention) (Royal Academy of Music) 
Oliver McCarthy (University of Sheffield) 
Francesca Leyland (Arts Educational) 
Alyn Hawke (Arts Educational) 
Amy Payne (Guildhall School) 
Michael Peavoy (winner) (RADA) 
Laura Harrison (Central School) 

​Host: Rosemary Ashe
Judges: Edward Seckerson (Chair), David Babani, Richard Balcombe, Kim Criswell, Stuart Piper