Whoopi Goldberg is set to return to the role she held in the 1992 musical movie, Sister Act. This time, instead of on the big screen though, it will be on the stage. The stage will be in London in an adapted revival of the 2006 musical. The announcement, along with other casting announcements, was made via a video.
Goldberg shared about her return to the role of Deloris Van Cartier on The View. There, she shared that “Yeah, the original Deloris is back, a little older, a little seasoned but really still kind of out there.” She will be reprising the role for a limited run during The View’s summer hiatus. She will be performing from July 29 to August 30, 2020. This will have her on the stage 39 times at London’s Eventim Apollo. She will also be a producer for the production. In this version of the show, Mother Superior will be portrayed by Absolutely Fabulous creator and star Jennifer Saunders. On Thursdays, Delores will be portrayed by Brenda Edwards.
The musical stage version of Sister Act has original music by Alan Menken. The music is based on the original film. The musical premiered in Pasadena in 2006 and then was presented in London in 2009. A Broadway version also ran from 2011-2012. Whoopi Goldberg portrayed the role of Mother Superior in 2010 at the London Palladium. Sister Act also features lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner and additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane. At this time, a director has not been announced for the show.
“This is a very special one-off opportunity to see one of the most loved actors of our time playing the part she is so famous and so loved for,” shared producer Jamie Wilson.
The London staging is being produced by Wilson and Goldberg. Tom Leonardis, Head of Whoopi’s production company, is also on the producing team. Goldberg is hopeful that this staging could lead to a second sequel to the original film she shared on The View.
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