Whoopi, Saunders in Sister Act musical

Whoopi Goldberg will star and produce a new West End version of Sister Act.
Whoopi Goldberg will star and produce a new West End version of Sister Act.

Whoopi Goldberg will reprise her starring role as Deloris van Cartier for the first time on stage in a new London production of Sister Act.

She will star as the the disco diva who hides in a convent disguised as a nun after she witnesses a murder opposite Jennifer Saunders as Mother Superior in a newly adapted version of the hit musical.

Goldberg briefly appeared in that role at the London Palladium in 2010 but it will be the first time she has revisited her own part from the hit films Sister Act and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.

The Oscar winner is also a producer of the new version, as she was when the show made its debut in the West End in 2009.

On Thursday matinees, her role will be played by West End star and Loose Women panellist Brenda Edwards.

The musical has since run on Broadway and been performed by touring companies around the world.

Sister Act features original music from Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner with additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane.

Sister Act will run at London's Eventim Apollo in July and August 2020.

Australian Associated Press