Whoopi Goldberg to Return to Broadway as Moms Mabley?
Stage and screen star Whoopi Goldberg was on hand at the BIG FISH opening last night, and while she was there she chatted with Richard Ridge about her upcoming projects. When asked if she would be returning to Broadway soon, she responded: "Eventually I think I probably will, but it's gonna be a little while. I've just finished a documentary on Moms Mabley, so that would probably be the next thing that I would do on a stage."
Breaking racial and sexual boundaries as a pioneering comic talent, the African-American stand-up comedienne Jackie "Moms" Mabley has long been an icon in the comedy world. In I GOT SOMETHIN' TO TELL YOU, Goldberg explores Mabley's legacy through recently unearthed photography, rediscovered performance footage and the words of numerous celebrated comedians, entertainers and historians, including Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers, Sidney Poitier, Kathy Griffin, Harry Belafonte, Bill Cosby, Quincy Jones, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara.
Mabley tackled topics such as gender, sex and racism, making her one of the first triple X-rated comedians on the comedy circuit. Once billed as "The Funniest Woman in the World," she performed on stage and in television and film up until her death in 1975. A true passion project for Goldberg, Moms Mabley: I GOT SOMETHIN' TO TELL YOU shows Mabley's historical significance and profound influence as a performer vastly ahead of her time.
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