Whoopi Goldberg Bringing 'Sister Act' Musical To Broadway
Oscar, Tony and Emmy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg will be bringing the hit musical film, 'Sister Act,' to Broadway in the spring of 2011.
Goldberg, who starred as lounge singer Deloris van Cartier in the 1992 blockbuster and its sequel, 'Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit,' will be producing the musical along with Stage Entertainment UK. The show originally opened in Los Angeles at the Pasadena Playhouse in 2006 (starring 'A Different World' actress Dawnn Lewis), before starting productions in Atlanta and London.
The New York native is set play the role of Mother Superior in the West End production -- which currently stars Patina Miller as Dolores van Cartier -- for a limited engagement, August 10-31.
According to Broadwayworld.com, the record-breaking production has been seen by over a million people and was recently nominated in seven categories at this year's Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers Choice Awards and for four Olivier Awards.
The show's Original Cast Recording is also a big favorite with fans, recently reaching #1 on the iTunes Soundtrack chart.
A German production will open in Hamburg in December 2010, followed by productions in Australia, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, Italy, France and Spain soon after.
While the Broadway cast has yet to be announced, the behind-the-scenes talent come with several pedigrees; the New York production will be directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, while the music is scored by multi-Academy, Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning and celebrated composer Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. The book is written by multi-Emmy Award winners Cheri and Bill Steinkellner, and choreography by Anthony Van Laast.