In London’s West End 2020: Whoopi Goldberg Reprises Role as Deloris Van Cartier with jennifer Saunders at the Eventim Apollo
LONDON – Star of the original hit film, EGOT Whoopi Goldberg will reprise her role as Deloris Van Cartier for the first time on stage with Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous) as Mother Superior in a newly adapted production of the smash hit musical Sister Act at London’s Eventim Apollo from 29th July to 30th August 2020.
Goldberg is also a producer of the new production, as she was when the show first debuted in the West End in 2009. The beloved musical has since played a successful run on Broadway and in touring companies around the world. Goldberg briefly appeared as Mother Superior at the London Palladium in 2010.
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. 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. It really is going to be a brilliant Summer!’.
Based on the iconic movie, this sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, sisterhood and music tells the hilarious story of the disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she won’t be found – a convent! Disguised as a nun and under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. This new production will feature direction by Bill Buckhurst, choreography by Alistair David, Set Design by Morgan Large, Lighting Design by Tim Mitchell, Sound Design by Tom Marshall and Musical Supervision by Stephen Brooker. On Thursday matinees the roles of Deloris Van Cartier will be played by Brenda Edwards, semi-finalist on ITV1’s The X Factor (2005), and has since become one of the most sought-after leading ladies in musical theatre, most recently as Motormouth Maybelle in the UK tour of Hairspray.
Sister Act plays at London’s Eventim Apollo from 29th July to 30th August 2020. For more information and tickets, visit the official website here