March 9, 2011
From London to New York: Priscilla, Sister Act, War Horse and Jerusalem to open on Broadway
Four big West End shows are opening on Broadway in the coming weeks. Priscilla Queen of the Desert is currently in previews at the Palace Theatre on Broadway (and the Palace Theatre, London!), starring Will Swenson as Tick. Swenson appeared in the recent Broadway and London productions of Hair, and is joined in Priscilla by Tony Sheldon, who revisits the role of Bernadette after wowing audiences in Australia and London, and Nick Adams (La Cage Aux Folles) as Adam.
Over at the Broadway Theatre previews start on 24 March for Sister Act, which wings its way to America following a decent run at the London Palladium. The star of the London show, Patina Miller, will reprise her role as nightclub singer Deloris Van Cartier, joined by Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza) as Mother Superior.
Also transferring to Broadway, the National Theatre’s production of War Horse will start previews at the Lincoln Center in New York from 15 March, and the Royal Court’s smash-hit production of Jez Butterworth’s play Jerusalem will play the Music Box theatre from 2 April. The play will feature its Olivier Award-winning London star Mark Rylance, who is sure become a major Tony Awards contender for his tour de force performance as Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron.
July 14, 2010
Hollywood star Whoopi Goldberg makes her West End debut in Sister Act
She starred in the original movie, she co-produced the West End show – and now Hollywood star Whoopi Goldberg will join the cast of SISTER ACT at the London Palladium.
It may only be for 23 performances, from 10 to 31 August 2010, but Whoopi will make her West End stage debut in the show that has proved a consistent winner for the star.
She won’t, however, be reprising her 1992 movie character Deloris van Cartier, the night club singer who is installed in a convent as part of a witness protection programme. Patina Miller will continue her successful run in that role, and Whoopi will take over from Sheila Hancock to play Mother Superior.
Whoopi ‘s film career includes winning an Oscar in1990 for her part in Ghost – a movie that is also set to be revived as a musical next year, directed by Matthew Warchus (La Bete, Deathtrap) and with a score by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard.
The actress, singer-songwriter, political activist and talk show host is also well known for films The Color Purple, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Soapdish, her comedy stand-up work and her appearance on US TV’s The View.