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Hallelujah! It’s time to get back in the habit and enjoy the original sin that is Sister Act The Musical.

Sequins, soul music and pure sass - this show has it in droves, and if you’re after a fun evening to lift your spirits, it's exactly the tonic you need.

And on its opening night at Birmingham Hippodrome, the audience certainly seemed to think so, overwhelmingly voting with their feet with an end-of-show standing ovation for the super-talented cast.

Sister Act has become a reliable staple on the theatre touring circuit over the past decade and loosely follows the same storyline as the movie it's based on... but don’t expect the same songs; expect better!

Tunes such as Fabulous Baby! Raise Your Voice and Take Me To Heaven are among the real showstoppers of the evening and are composed by none other than the legend that is Alan Menken.

Landi Oshunowo dons the habit to take on the role of Deloris, the larger-than-life singer who ends up hiding out in a convent after witnessing a murder. She’s hilarious, full of energy and spark, and truly raises the roof with her stunning voice.

She stars alongside former Corrie favourite Sue Cleaver, who positively dazzles in the role of Mother Superior, the stern but lovable head nun. I could hear people behind me echoing my thoughts when they said, “I didn’t know she could sing like that!” Like them, I was completely blown away by Sue’s performance and look forward to seeing more of her musical theatre journey.

Landi and Sue and the rest of the nuns shared an amazing chemistry, which really helped bring the story to life, and I loved the glittering costumes, sequined habits, impromptu dance sequences, slick set changes and 70s-style disco-ball lighting.

All of the cast raised plenty of laughs, but the funniest parts of the evening belonged to Alfie Parker, who, as long-suffering cop Eddie Southern, really brought the house down with the dream-sequence-filled I Could Be That Guy.

Bless this show - it just never lets you down.

Four stars

Reviewed by Patsy Moss at Birmingham Hippodrome on Monday 13 May, where it shows until Saturday 18 May.