After originating the role of nun-on the-run Deloris Van Cartier on screen, Goldberg steps into the habit as Mother Superior in Sister Act The Musical through Aug. 31. She will not perform the Aug. 16 and 23 performances.
Goldberg is also a producer of the stage production that features a score by Academy Award winner Alan Menken and Glenn Slater and a book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner. The tuner will arrive on Broadway in early 2011 under the direction of Tony winner Jerry Zaks.
“The Sister Act journey has been an incredible one so far, and Whoopi’s input from the development stage onwards has been invaluable. Now, back in her habit and on stage with our company at the beautiful Palladium, theatregoers get to see a comedy legend at work. To say the Sister Act family is excited might be something of an understatement! This is also a chance to say a goodbye to the indomitable, multi-talented and unspeakably wonderful Sheila Hancock, who has been a mother figure both on and off stage. I can never thank her enough for her part in making the show the success it is today," producer Bill Taylor said in a statement.
American actress Patina Renea Miller, who starred in Hair at the Delacorte Theater, portrays Deloris Van Cartier. The principal cast also includes Simon Webbe as Curtis Shank and Ian Lavender as Monsignor, Ako Mitchell as Eddie, Katie Rowley Jones as Sister Mary Robert, Claire Greenway as Sister Mary Patrick, Jacqueline Clarke as Sister Mary Lazarus, Nicholas Colicos as Bones, Thomas Goodridge as TJ and Ivan De Freitas as Dinero.
An Academy Award-winning actress, Whoopi Goldberg has appeared on Broadway in Whoopi, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (which she co-produced) and for a limited run in Xanadu. In addition to earning a Grammy and Golden Globe Award, Goldberg is a Tony-winning producer of 2002's Thoroughly Modern Millie. She is a co-host of ABC Television's "The View." Visit SisterActtheMusical.