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Whoopi Has New Act

Nov. 14 2008, Published 12:59 p.m. ET

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Perhaps nostalgic over old times, Whoopi Goldberg will be producing the London stage version of her blockbuster 1992 film Sister Act, about a fugitive singer who takes refuge in a convent.

Goldberg is collaborating with Stage Entertainment, which is among Europe's biggest theatrical producers.

"I really liked the direction they were going in," Goldberg said in an interview. "(The film) is almost 20 years old. Rather than have someone repeat what was, you have to take it and redo it. That's what they've done and they've done it really well."

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The show boasts a lot of talent. The score is by Alan Menken and Glen Slater, who worked together on Broadway's Little Mermaid. The book the show is based on is by Cherie and Bill Steinkellner, seasoned writers for shows such as Cheers. And the choreography is by Anthony Van Laast, who created the dances for the film and stage versions of Mamma Mia.

Casting is still up in the air.

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