Sister Act was held in one of the nicest theaters I've been to so far. The Broadway theater is spacious, adorned with a hug chandelier hanging form the ceiling, and draped in red velvet. Unlike many other theaters I've been to, there were virtually no obstructed view sections. I sat in the mezzanine and had a great view of everything on stage.
The stage design was one of the first things that impressed me about the musical. It was simple yet tasteful. Also, there were many stage changes that helped move the play along, in a sense. The changes happened effortlessly with the help of the rotating stage.
I thought the actors in the play, especially the nuns, were cast very well, matching closely to the characters from the movie. The lead actor Patina Miller (Deloris Van Cartier) is a fantastic vocalist, with great attitude for the character. Miller has great vocal range and great rich tone to boot. At times I felt that she was holding back vocally—I wanted her to take me to church on some of the vocal runs she did—but she still delivers a powerful performance. Also, her charisma on stage is something to be noted.
The music was catchy and the arrangements were well-done. There was everything from Disco numbers, to hymns, to comedic songs, and a nun even rapped. Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, the composer and lyricist respectfully, have both done work in Disney films. This is evident in the melodic lines of some of the songs, but I'm not complaining; I love Disney songs.The beginning of the show seemed to be a little too big, but after the first number the rest of the musical unfolds nicely.
If your hoping to see a Broadway show anytime soon, Sister Act will answer your prayer. Here's a little taste of one of the numbers being performed on The View: