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Sister Act at Tempe's Gammage: A Joyful Noise, Nun Better, Plus FM Boots

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The execution: There's this thing about rock musicals at Gammage -- if you're sitting in or underneath the balcony, lyrics are hard to make out. The relative mellowness of Sister Act's instrumental score, and the comforting presence of actual dialogue, is a big help, but if you want to appreciate the subtle cleverness of Glenn Slater's "When I Find My Baby [I Will Do Terrible Things to Keep Her from Testifying]," "It's Good to Be a Nun," or "Lady in the Long Black Dress," for example, you might need to buy the soundtrack or do some heavy Googling for bons mots like these, sung by criminal henchmen who are considering seducing nuns (not because it sounds like kinky fun, but just so they can get some work done):

Soy amoroso!
I'm a virtuoso!
And lf I'm just so-so . . .
. . .frankly, you won't know, so -
(Because of the celibacy, see? I hooted all alone in the crowd, as I do.)
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Julie has written for the Night & Day events calendar section since 2005. As a student at Arizona State, she received the Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Creative Writing Award and the Theatre Medallion of Merit.
Contact: Julie Peterson