Whoopi Goldberg Hosts Sister Act Fundraiser for Obama Re-Election June 23
By Adam Hetrick
The Tony-nominated musical Sister Act offers up its sold-out June 23 performance as a fundraiser for Barack Obama's 2012 Presidential re-election campaign.
Sister Act producer Whoopi Goldberg hosts the evening, which is to be attended by President Obama. The President is also scheduled to speak following the performance. The fundraiser is a benefit for the Obama Victory Fund.
The Obama family has been a supporter of Broadway over the past three years, with family visits to Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Memphis and The Addams Family. The Obamas also hosted "A Broadway Celebration: In Performance at the White House," which aired on PBS last October.
Sister Act opened on Broadway April 20 under the direction of Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks (Guys and Dolls, The Addams Family). American actress Patina Miller, who earned an Olivier Award nomination for originating the role of Deloris Van Cartier in London, repeats her work for the Broadway run. She was nominated for a 2011 Tony Award for Best Actress in a musical.
Sister Act also earned Tony Award nominations for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical (Cheri Steinkellner, Bill Steinkellner and Douglas Carter Beane), Best Original Score (Alan Menken and Glenn Slater) and Best Featured Actress (Victoria Clark).
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