Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Saunders, and a whole load of nuns? Sister Act is going to be Fabulous, Baby!
The West End has no lack of star power, but even by the usual astronomical standards, they’ll be dialling up the wattage next summer. That’s because Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg has been confirmed to star alongside the inimitable Jennifer Saunders in the London run of Sister Act: The Musical, set to hit the capital on July 20, 2020 – one year on from its original opening date, having been delayed by the pesky pandemic. Oh, and tickets are available here if you want them!
Reprising her leading role from the hit 1992 film, Whoopi Goldberg stars as Delores Van Cartier, the former nightclub singer who’s forced to hide out in a Catholic convent to escape the murderous impulses of her gangster ex. Joining her there is erstwhile Absolutely Fabulous star Jennifer Saunders, who takes on the role of the prickly Mother Superior.
Quite aside from Whoopi Goldberg being one of only fifteen people in history to complete the EGOT (that’s an Emmy, Grammy, Tony, and Oscar winner, just FYI), Sister Act also pulls in the tunes from eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Aladdin and Enchanted are just two of the films in his storied back catalogue. Seriously, you cannot underplay the star power behind this arrival.
Of course, the only downside is that you’ve got the best part of a year to wait before you can see it – which means you’ll need to exercise the patience of a nun in the meantime…
Also published on Medium.