Whoopi Goldberg spends a lot of her time as the moderator on The View, but that doesn’t mean she can’t go back to one of her original roles. She will reprise her iconic role as Deloris Van Cartier in Sister Act: The Musical in a revival on the London stage.
The Sister Act musical is based on the 1992 film where Goldberg portrays a singer hiding in a convent after witnessing a murder. The film earned the actress her third Golden Globe nomination.
Alan Menken, best known for his work on Disney films like Aladdin and The Little Mermaid, wrote the original music for the show, with the lyrics written by Gleen Slater and the book by Cheri Steinkellner and Douglas Carter Beane. It originally premiered in Pasadena, California, in a 2006 regional production. Sister Act moved to London’s West End in 2009 and ran on Broadway from 2011 to 2012.
During The View‘s normal summer hiatus, Goldberg will take to the stage at the Eventim Apollo in London from July 29 to August 30, 2020. She’s also a producer of the production.
Mother Superior will be portrayed by Jennifer Saunders, the creator and star of Absolutely Fabulous. Saunders said the show could be the “event of the century.” Brenda Edwards will play Deloris during matinees on Thursdays. A director has not been announced yet.
A producer, Jamie Wilson, said, “This is a very special one-off opportunity to see one of the most loved actors of our time playing the part she is so famous and so loved for”
Goldberg responded, “Yeah, the original Deloris is back, a little older, a little seasoned but really still kind of out there.”
The talkshow host and actress confirmed her excitement on The View on Thursday, saying she’d tried to get Sister Act 3 “up and running” without success. This upcoming production could prove people still have an interest in the show.
Alan Menken also weighed in on the production, saying, “There are so many variables that will come to live and explode with Whoopi Goldberg in the center of Sister Act.”
Tickets for the show range from £29 up to £249, which has caused some fans to criticize the high prices.