Whoopi Goldberg to Revive 1984 Broadway Solo Show

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Whoopi Goldberg, who earned her star with an eponymously titled 1984 Broadway solo show, will revive that work this fall.
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The venture will open at the Lyceum Theatre this fall, Playbill On-Line has learned. The opening will coincide with the 20th anniversary of the original run, which was also at the Lyceum. As in 1984, Mike Nichols will direct.

The show will re-create the same material seen in the original, in which Goldberg impersonated a series of characters, including a Valley Girl and a pan handler.

The praised production launched Goldberg. She subsequently embarked on a film career, which began auspiciously with the lead role in "The Color Purple," and reached its pinnacle with 1990's Ghost, which won the actress an Oscar. Other films included "Sister Act" and "The Player." She also hosted her own talk show for a time, played a recurring character on "Star Trek: The Next Generation," and has frequently hosted the Oscar ceremonies and co-hosted the annual "Comic Relief" comedy specials. Recently, she was the star of a short-lived sitcom.

Since her solo debut, Goldberg has returned to Broadway in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.

No dates have been set for the show, which is expected to be a limited run.

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