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Whoopi unveils her UK Sister Act

Whoopi Goldberg and Patina Miller
Patina Miller was cast as Deloris Van Cartier after a year long global search

Producer Whoopi Goldberg has announced the casting for the London stage adaptation of her hit film Sister Act.

US actress Patina Miller will star as Deloris, a singer hiding from the mob in a convent. The role was made famous by Goldberg herself in the 1992 movie.

British actress Sheila Hancock will play the spiky Mother Superior.

Goldberg said the pair would "reinvent Sister Act and bring it to a whole new level". The musical will have its official opening in June.

Miller, 24, will be making her West End debut while Hancock has a track record in musicals.

Goldberg called Miller "an amazing girl", joking that she could sing "unlike some people I could mention".

Hancock picked up an Olivier award in 2007 for her performance in Cabaret.

She has also performed Miss Hannigan in Annie and Mrs Lovett in Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd on the London stage.

Previews of Sister Act will start on May 7 with the opening night following a month later.



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