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Goldberg brings Sister Act to UK

Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg said some changes have been made to the show

Hollywood actress Whoopi Goldberg is to produce a London stage version of her 1992 hit film comedy Sister Act.

The movie is about a singer who police hide in a convent masquerading as a nun after she witnesses a mob crime.

Speaking to BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat, Goldberg said: "We're taking the show and redefining it and making it work."

The musical, which was first performed at the Pasadena Playhouse in California in 2006, will preview at the London Palladium from May next year.

"If you are fortunate enough to be a part of something wonderful, I feel it's important to pass the baton," said Goldberg, 53.

The Oscar-winning star said some changes had been made, adding that the main character, Deloris, would be younger than she was when Goldberg played her in the film.

No decisions have been made about casting, although Goldberg said the singers they have heard so far will "tear the house down".

The actress is hoping to conquer her fear of flying to travel to London for the rehearsals.

"Sister Act will never die," said Goldberg. "It's like the Mickey Mouse Club, it's never going anywhere.

"Sister Act will always live, so let us all get together and breathe life into it together."

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