25 October 2019 10:39

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Whoopi Goldberg to star in Sister Act musical in West End

Whoopi Goldberg is returning as Sister Mary Clarence in a new Sister Act: The Musical Well, it happened as Whoopi Goldberg's performance as Deloris Van Cartier in the Sister Act films continues to be a firm favourite with film fans, both young and old. The original film saw Goldberg receive a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical - at the Golden Globes and it seems that she can't shake the habit because Sister Mary Clarence is back and she's going to be "a little older, a little seasoned" – in Sister Act: The Musical. The new rendition of the beloved tale will be showing at the West End in London in a newly adapted revival of the 2006 musical. *WHOOPI'S BACK* @WhoopiGoldberg will be coming to the @EventimApollo London next summer to play Deloris in @sisteractsocial alongside JENNIFER SAUNDERS as Mother Superior! *ONLY 39 PERFORMANCES* @ferrifrump pic.twitter.com/YAQ0YKix6Z — SISTER ACT THE MUSICAL (@sisteractsocial) October 24, 2019 Goldberg is set for a limited 39-performance run of the updated musical at London's Eventim Apollo from 29 July - 20 August.

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Absolutely Fabulous creator and star Jennifer Saunders co-stars as Mother Superior with more additions expected to be announced soon. The Sister Act musical, with original music by Alan Menken, based on Goldberg's 1992 film, premiered in Pasadena, CA in a 2006 regional production before its 2009 London premiere. This news supports a previous statement that the panelist of The View gave about the possibility of making Sister Act 3. They've decided that they're going to go in a different direction with Sister Act. So it won't be Sister Act 3 it will be a brand new rendition of Sister Act, and I guess I'll walk through a scene and that's how they'll say I was part of it," she said. Whether or not the musical is good or bad, all we ask is that they include this absolute banger.

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HALLELUJAH: Our prayers have been answered 'coz Sister Act is making a comeback as a West End musical. The fabulous Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award-winning Whoopi Goldberg has announced that she will be reprising her role as Doloris Van Cartier in the West End production alongside, wait for it, Ab Fab qween Jennifer Saunders. Goldberg says of the news "I'm coming back to London! Yes, I'm starring as Deloris Van Cartier in Sister Act the Musical." Sister Act West End producer Jamie Wilson said: "It has been so exciting to work with Whoopi, Alan Menken, Douglas Carter Beane and Glenn Slater to revise and refresh Sister Act for this newly adapted production. "The addition of Jennifer means that Sister Act truly promises to be the ultimate night of laughs and smiles with two comedy greats." Actor to reprise role she played in two hit films on London stage alongside Jennifer Saunders Whoopi Goldberg is to reprise her role in Sister Act when the hit musical returns to the West End next year.

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The musical is based on the 1992 film of the same name, which earned Goldberg her third Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Deloris Van Cartier, a singer who hides in a convent after witnessing a murder. The stage production, which opens at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith for a limited run next July, will see Goldberg star opposite Jennifer Saunders, who will play Mother Superior. "Yes, the original Deloris is back," Goldberg said in a promotional video. Saunders, best known as the star of Absolutely Fabulous and one half of the comedy duo French and Saunders, said she thought the show "could be the event of the century". The musical will feature an original score by the eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, best known for his work on Disney films, including The Little Mermaid and Aladdin.

Rachel Gilbey, 35, said she was an avid musical theatre fan and excited about the casting, but that ticket prices made the show inaccessible. Theatre seats: here's how to bag them at bargain prices Read more Gilbey, who is short-sighted and not very tall, said she books seats in the first few rows of theatres to avoid her view being blocked. For Sister Act, theses seats will cost more than £170. "This summer I saw the new production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, with Jason Donovan and should have been Sheridan Smith, and that was row B stalls for only £85." The theatre blogger Beyond the Curtain described the announcement as "wonderful", but said the ticket prices were "so disappointing". "This is sadly part of a growing trend in London theatre," he said. Whoopi Goldberg is back in the habit with her return to "Sister Act" in a revamped musical coming in the summer next year. The EGOT winner and co-host of "The View" announced on Thursday that she will be returning to the stage for "Sister Act: The Musical" where she'll be reviving her role as Deloris Van Cartier from the iconic "Sister Act" film. "I'm very excited and, you know, I'll have some fun," Goldberg said. The musical comedy will be performed in London for six weeks starting July 29, 2020. Goldberg said that the musical revival will be "great," and noted that she had been "met with a lot of resistance" in the past for trying to make "Sister Act 3." She claimed people called the idea "dated" and "old." "I'm older than I was, but I'm not very much different than I was," Goldberg said. Comedian, screenwriter and actress Jennifer Saunders will co-star with Goldberg as Mother Superior. In an Instagram post from Goldberg on Thursday, she wrote, "I'm so excited to be playing with the great & talented Jennifer Saunders as Mother Superior." In June, Goldberg applauded singer Lizzo's tribute to the final scene of "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit" during her performance of "Juice" at the MTV Movie and TV Awards. "I want to tip a dread to the incredible Lizzo," said Goldberg. "To anyone who is not sure if 'Sister Act' still works, just saying, it was part of folks' growing up." Lizzo reacted to Goldberg's shout out on Twitter, saying, "This is a childhood dream come true." In "Sister Act," Goldberg's Deloris Van Cartier is entered into protective custody inside a rundown San Francisco convent to avoid getting killed. "Sister Act" was released in 1992 when movie soundtracks were standalone bodies of work, and is still considered iconic today. She underwent a transformation in September for her role in Stephen King's limited series "The Stand" as 108-year-old Mother Abigail.

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