Whoopi Goldberg to take "Sister Act" to London stage

Actress Whoopi Goldberg hosts the 62nd Annual Tony Awards in New York, June 15, 2008. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Oscar-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg announced on Thursday that she will produce a musical comedy stage show of her hit 1992 film “Sister Act” that will open in London’s West End in June.

The show features music by Alan Menken, an eight-time Oscar winner who wrote many songs for several Disney movies, including “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty & The Beast,” “Aladdin” and “Enchanted.” Casting for the show will be announced 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, who hosts U.S. morning talk show “The View.”

“The best way for me to be a part of this new incarnation of ‘Sister Act’ is to make sure everyone knows it’s happening. The stage version of the show is fresh and new and I’m beyond thrilled to be part of it,” she said.

In the film, which spawned a 1993 sequel “Sister Act 2,” Goldberg played a singer who witnessed a murder and is put into protective custody by police -- disguised as a nun in a convent. She sets about turning the convent’s off-key choir into stars but in the process risks blowing her cover.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols, Editing by Belinda Goldsmith