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25 October 2019 12:33

Sister Act Whoopi Goldberg Jennifer Saunders

Image copyright Matthew Murphy/Oliver Rosser Image caption Whoopi Goldberg will play Deloris Van Cartier and Jennifer Saunders will be Mother Superior Whoopi Goldberg is to return to the London stage musical Sister Act - this time in the starring role she originally played in the two hit films. The actress and comedian will play Deloris Van Cartier, the singer who hides in a convent disguised as a nun after she witnesses a murder. Jennifer Saunders will play the convent's Mother Superior in the newly-adapted version of the hit musical. Goldberg briefly appeared in the Mother role in 2010 in the West End show. As well as performing, Goldberg will act as producer of the new version at London's Eventim Apollo, as she did when the show first debuted in the West End in 2009.

In a video posted on Twitter, Goldberg said: "Yeah, the original Deloris Van Carter is back. A little older, a little seasoned but really still kind of out there." Saunders suggested Goldberg's performance as Deloris "could be the event of the century". Co-producer Jamie Wilson said Goldberg would be "playing the part she is so famous and so loved for". On Thursday matinees, Deloris will be played by West End star and Loose Women panellist Brenda Edwards. Image copyright Neil Mockford Image caption Whoopi Goldberg was briefly in the early London production of the stage show When Goldberg first joined the cast of the original London production at the London Palladium it was for a limited engagement.

The musical's plot closely follows that of the first Sister Act film, where singer Deloris witnesses a murder and is forced to go into witness protection, joining the last place she's likely to be found - a convent. As she initially struggles with life at the convent, under the guise of Sister Mary Clarence, Mother Superior sets her the task of working with the choir - leading Deloris to find her own voice as well as helping her friends find theirs. The stage show features songs from Alan Menken, the award-winning composer known for his scores to Disney films such as The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. Sister Act on screen The musical numbers from the movie are not used in the stage version due to copyright issues. The stage production, which was originally staged in California in 2006, has since run on Broadway and been performed by touring companies around the world.

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The first Sister Act comedy movie opened in 1992 and went on to become one of the most successful films of the early 1990s, making $232m (£180m) worldwide. A 1993 sequel, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, sees Deloris having become a famous performer in Las Vegas before she has to return to her Sister Mary Clarence persona. The film was not as big a hit as its predecessor and went on to make $57m (£44m) at the global box office. Sister Act the musical will run at London's Eventim Apollo from 29 July to 30 August 2020. Whoopi Goldberg is returning to her role in Sister Act, 28 years after the smash hit movie was released. The Oscar-winning star is reprising her role as Deloris Van Cartier in a newly adapted West End production, with Jennifer Saunders playing Mother Superior, who was played by Maggie Smith in the film. Whoopi first starred as the disco diva hiding out in a convent in the 1992 movie. Stars: Whoopi Goldberg will return to Sister Act alongside Jennifer Saunders in the West End The actress is also a producer for the new production, which will be on stage at London's Eventim Apollo for a short run from July 29 to August 30 2020. A stage version of Sister Act, for which Whoopi was a producer for, debuted in the West End in 2009 and has since played a successful run on Broadway and on tours across the globe. Whoopi briefly appeared as Mother Superior at the London Palladium production in 2010 but the new show will see the beloved actress back in the role she made famous in Sister Act and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit for the first time. On stage: Whoopi will star in the West End production, 28 years after the smash hit movie was released All-star cast: The Oscar-winning star is reprising her role as Deloris Van Cartier in a newly adapted West End production, with Jennifer Saunders playing Mother Superior Whoopi says: 'The original Deloris is back, a little older, a little seasoned, but really still kind of out there.' On Thursday matinees, role of Deloris will be played by West End star and Loose Women panellist Brenda Edwards. Sister Act features original music from Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner with additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane. Theatre run: Whoopi says of the new production: 'The original Deloris is back, a little older, a little seasoned, but really still kind of out there' London stage: Whoopi appeared as Mother Superior at the London Palladium production in 2010 but the new show will see the actress back in the role she made famous in the films Jamie Wilson, who will produce the show alongside Goldberg, 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. 'This is a very special one-off opportunity created just for London to see one of the most loved actors of our time playing the part she is so famous and so loved for. 'The addition of Jennifer means that Sister Act truly promises to be the ultimate night of laughs and smiles with two comedy greats. 'I'm also thrilled that Brenda Edwards, who has been so instrumental in Whoopi agreeing to return to the stage, has been able to schedule her TV commitments so she can play Deloris on Thursday matinees. Sister Act will run at London's Eventim Apollo from July 29 to August 30 2020. Whoopi Goldberg and Jennifer Saunders will star in the London 2020 performances of Sister Act at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith. Book your tickets for the Eventim Apollo show here Academy Award winner Goldberg will play the lead role of Deloris Van Cartier, with BAFTA Award winner Saunders as Mother Superior. The musical is taken from the 1992 film of the same name and tells the story of a singer hidden in a convent for protection after she witnesses a murder. Sister Act the musical features music from eight-time Academy Award-winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner and additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane. Brenda Edwards – confirmed as the lead on the show's UK tour – will play the role of Van Cartier for Thursday matinee performances in London. The show will run at the Eventim Apollo from 29 July to 30 August. The UK tour – with Edwards in the central role – will play from 21 April in Leicester, Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield, Manchester and Birmingham, with more tour dates to be announced soon.