With lively soul music, uptight nuns and surprising friendships, “Sister Act” opens tonight at Regional Theatre of the Palouse in Pullman.

Based on the 1992 film of the same name, this Broadway musical comedy tells the story of Delores, a disco singer who witnesses a murder and is put into protective custody in a convent. Disguised as a nun, but objecting to the reserved lifestyle, Delores inspires the choir and wider church community using her disco moves and singing. In so doing, her cover is blown, putting herself -- and the sisters -- in danger.

“It’s a story of sisterhood, about overcoming differences,” said director Michael Todd.

Besides its upbeat rhythms, spirited characters and feel-good moments, the show touches on more serious subjects like reconciling differences and experiencing a faith crisis.

“A lot of the time, musicals are known for not having substance. ‘Sister Act’ has substance,” Todd said.

Todd, who has seen the Broadway show, performed it in Europe and is making his directorial debut, has seen it from all angles and knows film-based shows have high audience expectations. Todd is confident they’ll be met and surpassed.

IF YOU GO:

WHAT: “Sister Act”

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and Wednesday through April 8; and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 8 and 9

WHERE: Regional Theatre of the Palouse, Pullman

COST: Tickets purchased in advance are $12/children 12 years and younger and $20/adults; tickets at the door are $14/children 12 and younger and $22/adults. Information and advance tickets are available at www.rtoptheatre.org or (509) 334-0750.

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