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If You Go
What: “Sister Act”
When: Opens 8 p.m. Tuesday, runs through April 28
Where: Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta
Cost: $42.40 to $96.65
For more information: Visit www.foxtheatre.org
ATLANTA -- After debuting on Broadway in 2011, "Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy" has started its national tour. It will call Atlanta home starting Tuesday.
Those who are fans of the 1992 movie should remember the main character, Deloris Can Cartier, a singer that witnesses a murder and must go into hiding -- at a convent.
But there are differences between the musical and the film. The musical is set in 1977, instead of 1992. The entire set is in Philadelphia -- Deloris never performed in Reno, Nev. And there is new music during the show. Audiences won't hear the movie's rock 'n' roll version of "Hail Holy Queen" or "My God." The crowd will hear new songs, like "Fabulous, Baby," "Take Me to Heaven" and "Raise Your Voice" -- all of which are performed with a '70s disco, funk sound.
"My favorite song to perform is 'Raise Your Voice,'" said Ta'rea Campbell, who plays Deloris. "It's when Deloris is in her first choir rehearsal with the nuns and they're not very good. She begins singing this because she's encouraging them to raise their voices."
Yet, the plot is still the same. Deloris is in protective custody, disguised as a nun. While trying to blend in, she breathes new life into the boring convent. At the same time, she blows her cover and her sisters come to her aid.
With so much singing and dancing, Campbell had to get in shape for her role.
"I had to do a lot of cardio to get my stamina up because it is quite the energetic role," she said with a laugh. "I still take voice lessons, but I've been singing all my life in church."
And Campbell enjoys the role because Deloris is a character.
"She's witty, funny and she is a little more forward than me," she said. "But she fakes it until she makes it. We all do that. Her love is a little bigger and louder than others."
Since opening in Canada last October, the cast and crew have had great feedback, according to Campbell.
"The audiences love it," she said "They are always standing up and dancing. We even had a few nuns come out in Toronto. They were very sweet and sang for us."
The show runs through April 28.