Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Singer Makes a Habit of Success; SIMON DUKE FINDS THAT THERE'S NUN BETTER THAN ALEXANDRA BURKE FOR SISTER ACT ROLE

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Singer Makes a Habit of Success; SIMON DUKE FINDS THAT THERE'S NUN BETTER THAN ALEXANDRA BURKE FOR SISTER ACT ROLE

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Byline: SIMON DUKE

GOING from one iconic character to another within the space of a few weeks, Alexandra Burke is a lady who's definitely not afraid of a challenge.

No sooner had she belted out her final, killer I Will Always Love You key change - emulating Whitney Houston's leading lady in The Bodyguard - than the X Factor winner stepped into the habit of Deloris van Cartier, an accessory first made famous on screen by Whoopi Goldberg.

Yes, just like The Bodyguard, Sister Act has received the theatrical treatment and, if you thought Alexandra was a force to be reckoned with as Rachel, she packs even more of a punch as Deloris.

Having, rather controversially some might say, always preferred Sister Act 2 to the original film, I was curious to see how the first instalment, which sees gangster's mistress and Las Vegas singer Delores placed in a convent as part of her witness protection programme, would play out on stage.

But with a tremendous talent topping the bill it was never going to need divine intervention to impress.

As well as having a voice that demands attention and commands a room, TV studio or packed theatre, Alexandra has a presence that she has honed to perfection for her latest role.

There were glimpses of her knack for comic timing in The Bodyguard and it's given a real chance to flourish in Sister Act. I'll admit I've always been a big fan right from her X Factor days, but now, as well as being the girl who sent a goosebump through the land with her famous Beyonce duet in the final of the ITV talent show, Alexandra has developed into a mighty fine actress.

That said, it will always be her voice that is her real trump card. And, as it's Deloris' job to get the best out of her choir of nuns, there were plenty of chances to enjoy it. Whether that was in gospel number Raise Your Voice, Motown Powerhouse Fabulous, Baby or the touching Sister Act, it's an instrument that she knows exactly how to play to its full potential. …

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