Whoopi Goldberg makes West End stage debut in Sister Act
Whoopi Goldberg makes West End stage debut as 'Mother Superior' in Sister Act The Musical at the London Palladium, from 10 to 31 August 2010 (Except Mon 16 & 23 Aug).
Whoopi Goldberg shot to fame with her Oscar-nominated performance in Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple, before embarking on a prolific Hollywood career with films such as Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Ghost, Soapdish, The Lion King, How Stella Got Her Groove Back and, of course, Sister Act and its sequel. Her Broadway stage credits include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and, most recently, Xanadu.
Whoopi follows Sheila Hancock, who created the role and has played Mother Superior since the show opened in May 2009. The show continues to feature Patina Miller in the lead role of Deloris Van Cartier (Whoopi’s role in the original movie), recording artist Simon Webbe as Curtis Shank and Dads Army star Ian Lavender as Monsignor.
Sister Act The Musical opened at the London Palladium on 2 June 2009, following previews from 7 May, and will close on 30 Oct 2010.
Based on the 1992 film, the stage musical has music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner.
It is directed by Peter Schneider, designed by Klara Zieglerova, choreography by Anthony Van Laast, lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Mick Potter, Musical Director Nick Skilbeck.
It is produced by Whoopi Goldberg and Stage Entertainment.
When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be found - a convent! Disguised as a nun she quickly finds fans amongst her fellow ‘sisters’ but makes the wrong impression on the convent’s strict Mother Superior. When she turns her attention to the convent’s off-key choir, helping the nuns to find their true voices and breathing new life into the rundown neighbourhood, her cover could be blown for good. With the gang giving chase, is time running out for Deloris? Or have they underestimated the power of her new found Sisterhood?