Whoopi Goldberg starts gig in Sister Act musical this weekend

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 10: Whoopi Goldberg on Stage for The Sister Act: The Musical Cast Change on August 10, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/Getty Images)
Everyone’s favorite apologist for rapists and abusers, Whoopi Goldberg, is going to take three weeks off from slinging her unique brand of blame the victim controversy on The View. Whoopi will produce and star in a musical version of one her best known films, Sister Act, in London. Only Whoopi isn’t playing a witness turned nun in this one – she’ll be Mother Superior.

Whoopi Goldberg is to make her West End debut when she appears in Sister Act The Musical this weekend.

The actress is producing the stage version of the 1992 film and it was initially presumed that she would not feature in the production.

However, it was confirmed in July that Goldberg would join the cast in August. For three weeks, the star will take over from Sheila Hancock in the role of Mother Superior.

According to Yahoo, the 54-year-old said: “It’s a big deal. It’s The Palladium and it’s London, and it’s my first stage production here that I’m in.”

The musical will move to New York’s Broadway at the end of this year.

[From Digital Spy]

Whoopi has been kind of off the rails on The View lately and could probably use the break and change of venue. She’s been called out for her stance in defense of Mel Gibson and Roman Polanski, most recently through an open letter sent to her by celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred. Allred urged Goldberg to stop attacking Oksana Grigorieva for returning to Mel Gibson after he allegedly hit her with their baby in her arms.

Whoopi was also involved in a verbal altercation backstage with White House Party crasher and Real Housewives of DC castmember Michaele Salahi. Salahi may or may not have told a producer that Whoopi “hit” her when she merely touched her arm to get her to change the subject during an on air discussion. In response to that incident, Whoopi admitted that it happened and didn’t say she was sorry. “I told her that she knew I didn’t hit her. And, yeah, you know how I said it – choice words. And I make no apologies for my choice words.” Of course Whoopi didn’t apologize. I’m sure she reasoned that the woman had it coming. The Salahis have not ruled out suing Whoopi and/or The View for what they claim are defamatory on-air comments against Michaele along with that heated altercation.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 10: Whoopi Goldberg on Stage for The Sister Act: The Musical Cast Change on August 10, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/Getty Images)

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 10: Whoopi Goldberg on Stage for The Sister Act: The Musical Cast Change on August 10, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/Getty Images)

VIENNA, AUSTRIA - JULY 17: U.S. actress Whoopi Goldberg addresses the audience during a press conference prior to the Life Ball on July 17, 2010 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

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  1. Tess says:

    Too late. The magic’s gone.

    She’s hoping to reconnect…but she’s outed herself as an entitled elitist with very little in common with all the peasants out here.

  2. canadianchick says:

    Maybe she’ll dial the crazy back if her musical doesn’t do well-some people need to lose moeny before they’ll consider they might be acting like a-holes.I wonder what Baba Wawa is planning for a response. I think Vanessa Williams should replace Whoopi, she’s smart, and doesn’t rant so much.

  3. Persistent Cat says:

    I saw the Sister Act musical and I loved it. I thought I would hate it, I passed on seeing Dirty Dancing the week before but agreed to Sister Act and was shocked at how much I enjoyed it. The music was a mixture of disco/soul and it was so much fun.

    As a Catholic, the sequined robes and gold Jesus statue were hilarious, as was the scene in which the goons sang about how to appropriately hit on a nun. So wrong and yet so funny. If it comes to my city, I’d see it again.

    And the British are so civilized. You can order a large wine during intermission and you can bring it back to your seat.

  4. original kate says:

    whoopi should just stick to acting. when she opens her mouth to give her views she sounds like bill o’reilly.

  5. Ballys Hello Kitty says:

    Sal Masekela is really looking bad!

  6. Sincerity says:

    I wish her the best of luck with Sister Act’s London stage show. I’m quite sure for her it’s a welcomed break. It’s not easy for an African American woman to be outspoken and taken seriously. Too many people expect minorities to be nothing more than “grinning doormats” who simply “pats the status quo on the back”. Like her or hate her, she’s paid her dues and is entitled to her opinions.

  7. Cel says:

    Actually she started last night – and has gotten excellent reviews.

  8. snapnhiss says:

    You think she should apologize for using bad language to someone that unfairly accused her of assault and battery? Excuse me, that’s asinine. I saw the video in question, and she very gently placed her hand on the woman.

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