Whoopi Goldberg can’t shake the habit: The “View” moderator will reprise her starring role as Deloris Van Cartier — “a little older, a little seasoned” — in “Sister Act: The Musical,” this time bringing her signature film role to the London stage in a newly adapted revival of the 2006 musical.
Goldberg, previously announced as a producer of the staging, is set for a limited, 39-performance engagement of the musical at London’s Eventim Apollo from July 29 to August 30, 2020. The engagement coincides with “The View‘s” standard summer hiatus.
Co-starring as Mother Superior will be “Absolutely Fabulous” creator and star Jennifer Saunders. The casting was announced in a video released Thursday. Brenda Edwards will play the Deloris role on Thursday matinees.
The “Sister Act” musical, with original music by Alan Menken, based on Goldberg’s 1992 film, premiered in Pasadena, Calif., in a 2006 regional production before its 2009 London premiere. A Broadway production ran from 2011 to 2012. (Goldberg also starred in the film’s 1993 sequel, “Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit.”)
Goldberg briefly appeared in the role of Mother Superior at the London Palladium in 2010.
In addition to Menken’s music, “Sister Act” features lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner and additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane. A director has not been announced.
“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,” says producer Jamie Wilson in the video.
Says Goldberg, “Yeah, the original Deloris is back, a little older, a little seasoned but really still kind of out there.”
On “The View” Thursday, Goldberg said she was excited about the gig because she’s met “resistance” in her attempts to get a “Sister Act 3” “up and running,” and suggested the London staging of the musical could prove the franchise isn’t “dated.”
The London staging is produced by Wilson and Goldberg. Tom Leonardis, head of Goldberg’s production company, is also on the producing team.
Goldberg also is set to play Mother Abagail in “The Stand,” the upcoming CBS All Access miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s novel.
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