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Sister Act, London Palladium

Sister Act, London Palladium

Whoopi dons a wimple and draws the crowds in late-summer sell-out

Whooping it up: the one-time star of the two 'Sister Act' movies makes her London stage debut in a role originated by Maggie Smith
You can't move in London for American performers, whether it's the Yankee contingent of The Bridge Project at the Old Vic, or the presence at various addresses of Mercedes Ruehl, Jeff Goldblum, Glee star (and erstwhile Tony nominee) Jonathan Groff, and, of course, pretty well the entire cast of Hair. But incomplete though that run-down is (one mustn't forget the silvery voiced Sierra Boggess in Love Never Dies or David Hyde Pierce's stern-faced mien in La Bête), few visitors have fired up the public as has Whoopi Goldberg, at the Palladium for three weeks to boost the musical, Sister Act, on which she also gets top billing as producer. And how is the Whoopster in a wimple? The more fascinating topic is the galvanising effect that her arrival has had on the show as a whole.

Goldberg's gravelly voiced, po-faced presence has transformed the musical. Suddenly, Sister Act is fun

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