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Whoopi Goldberg Bringing 'Sister Act' Musical to Broadway

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Oscar, Tony and Emmy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg will be bringing the hit 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 to play the role of Mother Superior in the West End production -- which currently stars Patina Miller as Dolores van Cartier -- for a limited engagement, Aug. 10-31.

According to Broadwayworld.com, the record-breaking production has been seen by more than 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 No. 1 on the iTunes Soundtrack chart.

A German production will open in Hamburg in December, 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 Academy, Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning composers Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. The book is written by Emmy Award winners Cheri and Bill Steinkellner, and choreography will be led by Anthony Van Laast.

When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place cops are sure she won't be found -- a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and an uptight Mother Superior.

Using her fabulous disco-ness and killer voice to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community, but in doing so blows her cover.

Soon it's nun-on-the-run time, but she finds salvation in the heavenly power of her newly found sisterhood.

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