Whoopi to play DELORIS in Sister Act London (confirmed)

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Wtf? How will she sing this score?

"It’s the fractured quality in [Bernadette Peters'] singing voice and line readings that puts across the character as someone for whom resentment is sliding into madness." - NYtimes on Follies (2011).
Updated On: 10/24/19 at 06:48 PM
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Are you mad? How on Earth did you come to the conclusion she’s playing Delores? Whoopi and Jennifer are alternating the Mother Superior throughout the run.

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The article specifically says it's being rewritten to be older for Brenda Edwards.

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Yeah, I’m curious how this does! I actually think it’s such a great score and show. Loved the original production!
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I don’t think there’s a chance in hell Whoopi can sing “Haven’t Got A Prayer.” I assume it’ll be cut again.
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The rumours might have got their wires crossed because some indeed have claimed she is playing Delores. But I assume this will all be corrected with an official announcement.
"It’s the fractured quality in [Bernadette Peters'] singing voice and line readings that puts across the character as someone for whom resentment is sliding into madness." - NYtimes on Follies (2011).
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There was already an announcement on here.
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Posted: 10/23/19 at 9:35pm
It starts in Northern England. I can't see Whoopi doing it there.
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Posted: 10/23/19 at 10:32pm

I've been hoping for an updated cast album with the new material but I also can't imagine Whoopi singing “Haven’t Got a Prayer.”

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Posted: 10/23/19 at 11:03pm

Whoopi can hardly move now let alone sing. Saw this in London-hated it. The gangsters are necessary to the plot but they were more like the Keystone Cops-and that's an insult to the KCs.

The movie was silly camp fun. The musical was just silly.

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Posted: 10/24/19 at 4:19am

The rumours appear to have been right. She is playing Deloris!!!

"It’s the fractured quality in [Bernadette Peters'] singing voice and line readings that puts across the character as someone for whom resentment is sliding into madness." - NYtimes on Follies (2011).
Updated On: 10/24/19 at 04:19 AM
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Posted: 10/24/19 at 5:29am

qolbinau said: "The rumours appear to have been right. She is playing Deloris!!!"

I apologize. Never did I imagine she would actually play Deloris... god help us all.

 

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Posted: 10/24/19 at 5:34am

Top price tickets are £558 ($719)!! That’s ridiculous. I doubt Whoopi will manage her seven show week so imagine paying all that money and finding out Whoopi isn’t even on...

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Posted: 10/24/19 at 6:54am
What in the world. Menken is going to seriously need to rewrite those songs for her. She has a limited range of a few notes.
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Posted: 10/24/19 at 7:12am

It looks like she's doing it for one or two performances only so that the show can be filmed, which I assume will lead to some kind of theatrical release?  I loved the original production and I'm hoping the revival will come to Broadway at some point, but I really cannot imagine Whoopi singing the role of Deloris.  I'm sure she'll be announcing something on The View today.

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Posted: 10/24/19 at 7:39am

That's a lot of work for only a few performances!   And while I adored her in the film, I'd rather see someone knock it out of the park.

If we're not having fun, then why are we doing it? These are DISCUSSION boards, not mutual admiration boards. Discussion only occurs when we are willing to hear what others are thinking, regardless of whether it is alignment to our own thoughts.
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Whoopi to play in Sister Act West End?#17
Posted: 10/24/19 at 8:11am
I received an email advertising for 39 performances. Also, it is not really west end but the Hammersmith Apollo, which is a large barn useful to take in the cash.

Personally, unless I can get a cheap sit last minute I might skip. I just don’t think this is a good idea. After Patina Miller? And Victoria Clark? No thank you, indeed.
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Posted: 10/24/19 at 8:35am

I was really interested in the idea of this revival until now..... ill forever love this score though. One of the more underrated ones Imo recently for Broadway. 

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Posted: 10/24/19 at 8:39am
People want the songs from the movie!
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Posted: 10/24/19 at 8:54am

Whoopi is definitely doing the entire London run with Brenda Edwards playing the role on Thursday matinees. 

 

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Posted: 10/24/19 at 9:36am

Whoopi is twice the age she was when she made the first movies and almost died earlier this year. As much as I love her, and am happy she thinks she can do this role, I do worry about her being able to sustain her energy for these five weeks. That said, I hope I'm proved wrong. And just the thought of her and Jennifer Saunders on the same stage is very, very exciting. 



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Posted: 10/24/19 at 9:46am

everythingtaboo said: "Whoopi is twice the age she was when she made the first movies and almost died earlier this year. As much as I love her, and am happy she thinks she can do this role, I do worry about her being able to sustain her energy for these five weeks. That said, I hope I'm proved wrong. And just the thought of her and Jennifer Saunders on the same stage is very, very exciting."

I agree. I’m a bit concerned for her. She was absent from The View for months this year recovering from pneumonia, I believe? I hope she is making the right decisions for her health.

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Posted: 10/24/19 at 10:39am
Are we to assume she's leaving The View? I love Whoopi, but I don't see her having the stamina to do this run.
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Whoopi to play in Sister Act West End?#24
Posted: 10/24/19 at 10:50am
Doesn’t The View go on hiatus for a couple of weeks ?
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Whoopi to play in Sister Act West End?#25
Posted: 10/24/19 at 11:06am
They did say they are reworking the whole show so maybe they are cutting a lot of her singing etc



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