Cue the gospel choir because Whoopi Goldberg is returning to one of her most iconic roles.
Goldberg will be back in the habit for a limited run of Sister Act: The Musical in London in summer 2020. For those who have not experienced the magic of Saint Katherine's Parish, the 1992 film and resulting musical follow Dolores Van Cartier, a nightclub singer who is placed in a San Francisco convent by the witness protection program after her mobster boyfriend offs a guy. It’s basically Some Like It Hot, but with Jesus.
The EGOT winner will be joined on the London stage by Edina Monsoon herself, Jennifer Saunders. While details on the production are sparse, Saunders is likely playing the Reverend Mother, taking over the reins from Maggie Smith. She could also be Sister Mary Patrick, played by fellow gay fave Kathy Najimy in the film version.
Although the part was later played by Patina Miller and Raven-Symoné after Sister Act was adapted into a Tony-nominated Broadway hit, Goldberg hasn’t belted out Motown for the lord since Sister Act: Back in the Habit, the film’s underperforming 1993 sequel. While it doesn’t live up to the heights of its predecessor, the follow-up does have a young Lauryn Hill (five years before she told us what boys were only about) and a pre-Party of Five Jennifer Love Hewitt — because, sure, why not?
Goldberg and Saunders expressed their excitement about the upcoming show in a pair of statements. Goldberg said the Dolores of today will be “a little older, a little seasoned, but really still kind of out there,” while Saunders added that Sister Act: The Musical “could be the event of the century.”
“That’s all I’m saying, small thing, but the event,” she said.
Sister Act: The Musical will be opening at London’s Eventim Apollo on July 29 and running until August 30. The show was previously staged in the West End for a successful run in 2009, and Goldberg served as a producer on the production.