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Whoopi Goldberg: Don't cry for me

Whoopi Goldberg is bringing a musical version of her blockbuster comedy Sister Act to the UK. Newsbeat caught up with the Hollywood actress in New York to find out exactly what she's got planned for the show, why we should never shed a tear for her and what she listens to on her iPod.

Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi made Sister Act back in 1992, with part two following a year later

Tell us about your new Sister Act stage show.

Sister Act, which people have been asking me about for 1,000 years, because it's probably about 20 years old now this movie, we're bringing it to the stage.

I am not in it, I am producing it, along with some other folks.

It is going to be different than it was because of course I'm not in it. So we'll have to find a new Deloris, we'll have to find ourselves with new music because Motown has got a show they're working on so we were not able to secure the music. So we're taking the show and redefining it.
Whoopi Goldberg with nuns
Whoopi says she isn't in the musical because she's too old

The young ladies we're looking at are amazing singers, so we have not made a decision yet (about) which one (will get the part). But they're going to be tearing the house down with their songs, and their ways of singing and the story.

If you loved Sister Act, come and see it in its new form. Do not cry for me that I'm not there because I'm too old.

Come and have a good time with us because Sister Act will never die, it's like the Mickey Mouse club, it's never going anywhere.

What does Barack Obama's victory mean to you?

When you think that in America, people of colour did not have the vote in the entire country until 1968. It's like, 'Wait a minute - we've been here a while and how funny this has never happened before.' Maybe actually now we're fully-fledged Americans.

Now when you say to your grandson or your granddaughter, 'You can grow up to be president', it's not something that a parent says in hope, but can now say with reality, because now it's happened.

Now we've got to work on the prejudices that people have. It's just fear.

If you've never met a black person, see if you can find someone to meet. Get to know some black people. Black people get to know some white people. Because I find that prejudice is really hard to do when you have a defined face and a relationship. It's hard to be hateful to someone you've met and broken bread with and sat with their kids.

Are you worried about his life?

I worry about everybody's life in public office. So I choose not to think about it and we take it one day at a time.

You're a dear friend of Patrick Swayze [who has cancer]. Have you spoken to him?

I have not spoken to him but I do know that he's working and when Patrick is working, all is well. He's probably going to be battling this for a while but he is not down on his back, he is up, he's around, he's doing a TV show. So he's doing alright, he's OK, so stop worrying.

Any plans to call him?

When we need to find each other we do, so I sent him a couple of things just to say, 'This is a hell of a way to try to get a break!'

What do you have on your iPod?

Well, I love my Mary J. Blige and Pink and Gladys Knight. I don't know if you've heard Gladys sing recently. I'm telling you, it's like she has not aged at all. Mary J. Blige can just stand there and sing, Pink can just stand there and sing.

I'm listening to a lot of Coldplay as well because I love the new song. Love it.

So that's what I'm listening to. Everything. I'm eclectic.

Whoopi Goldberg was speaking to Newsbeat's US reporter Sima Kotecha.

Sister Act: The Musical opens on 2 June 2009 at the London Palladium and tickets are on sale now.

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