Whoopi Goldberg to Star in “Sister Act the Musical” West End Revival
Whoopi Goldberg, the star of the “Sister Act” film franchise, will be reprising her role as Deloris Van Cartier in the musical’s West End revival.
“Sister Act the Musical” first opened in the West End starring Patina Miller in 2009, where it was nominated for 4 Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical and Best Actress in a Musical for Miller, and on Broadway in 2011, also starring Miller, where it was nominated for 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for Miller. The musical’s touring production also came to Manila in 2017 starring Dene Hill.
Based on the film with the same name, “Sister Act The Musical” follows lounge singer Deloris, whose world is turned upside down when her boyfriend commits murder and she’s placed in witness protection. Hidden in the lofty halls of a convent, under the eye of the haughty Mother Superior, Deloris struggles to adapt to her regimented new home, until she discovers a calling: to get the convent choir in pitch-perfect form.
In a video announcement, Goldberg says, “I’m coming back to London. Yes, I’m starring as Deloris Van Cartier in ‘Sister Act the Musical’. Yeah, the original Deloris is back. A little older, a little seasoned, but really still kind of out there.” Joining Goldberg in the cast is Jennifer Saunders, who will play Mother Superior. Alternating with Goldberg is Brenda Edwards, who will be playing Deloris on Thursday matinees. Further casting has yet to be announced.
The music is composed by Alan Menken, with lyrics by Glenn Slater, a book by Bill and Sheri Steinkellner and Douglas Carter Beane, and choreography by Alistair David.
The show will run from July 29-August 30, 2020 for only 39 performances in London’s Eventim Apollo Theater.
You can watch the video announcement below.