Whoopi Goldberg returns to Sister Act for 5 perfs 22 Oct

Whoopi Goldberg, who withdraw from Sister Act The Musical five days early on Friday 27 August, after her mother suffered a severe stroke, will return in October to complete her run as Mother Superior. She will perform 1 show on Friday 22 Oct, two shows on Sat 23 October and two shows on Monday 25 October 2010.

People who booked for the five performances that Whoopi did not perform at in August will be given a priority booking period to rebook for her new run in October. Those bookers have until 9am on Friday 10 September, when tickets will go on sale to the general public)

The show currently features Sally Dexter (Mother Superior), Patina Miller (Deloris Van Cartier), Ian Lavender (Monsignor Howard). Chris Jarman has replaced Simon Webb as Shank.

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?

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