Back in the Habit: Whoopi Goldberg to Join London Cast of Sister Act

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07 Jul 2010

Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg
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Academy Award-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg will join the London production of Sister Act The Musical in August. After originating the role of Deloris Van Cartier in the 1992 film same title, Goldberg will don a new habit as Mother Superior.

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. She will succeed Sheila Hancock in the role of Mother Superior Aug. 10 and play a limited run through Aug. 31.

Goldberg's last stage appearance was also a limited one. She filled-in for Jackie Hoffman in the Broadway run of Xanadu for several weeks in 2008.

“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.

Producers also reveal that Sister Act is aiming for a Broadway arrival in Spring 2011, with upcoming international productions in Germany, Australia, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, Italy, France and Spain also planned.



Young American actress Patina Renea Miller, who starred in Hair at the Delacorte Theater, portrays "nun on the run" 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). 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."

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