Whoopi Goldberg has shared her ‘disappointment’ at having to quit the upcoming Sister Act The Musical.
The Oscar-winning actress was due to reprise her role as Deloris Van Cartier this summer but the production has now been delayed until 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It means Whoopi, 65, is unavailable during this time and therefore unable to take part in the musical.
In a statement, the actress said: ‘Sister Act is near and dear to my heart and I’m disappointed that I will be unable to perform in this production under the circumstances.
‘However, my producing partners and I will continue to work towards mounting a fantastic production, with an amazing new cast, and we look forward to presenting it when it can be done safely for everyone onstage, behind the scenes and in the audience.’
Producer Jamie Wilson added: ‘This new version of Sister Act The Musical has been in development for several years now and both Whoopi and I are committed to launching this celebratory, joyous and life-affirming production with audiences in the UK.
‘We can’t wait for everyone involved in the show to get back to doing what they love.
‘We are now in the process of putting together a star-studded cast and will be able to share this news with you soon. We look forward to us all supporting and celebrating theatre when we return to the stage. It will be worth the wait.’
The musical had initially been due to launch at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, London from July 29 to August 30, 2020, but was moved to July 20 to August 29, 2021 amid the uncertainty of the health crisis.
It is now set to take place between July 19 and August 28, 2022.
Casting announcements on Whoopi’s replacement will be made soon and ticket holders will be contacted directly by their point of sale and do not need to contact the box office directly themselves.
All existing ticket holders have been moved into the same seats for equivalent performances by day of week for the 2022 run, with the option for a refund.
Whoopi famously played Deloris in the first Sister Act movie, released in 1992. It saw her play Deloris, who witnessed her gangster boyfriend execute an informant before being placed in witness protection.
She then finds herself pretending to be a nun despite her objections and revamps the choir into a soulful chorus. However, their new fame threatens to expose Deloris’ true identity.
Sister Act was given a sequel with Back In The Habit released in 1993, while Whoopi briefly reprised her role at the London Palladium in 2010.
Fans can now relive another Whoopi classic as Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, starring Brandy, has been released to Disney Plus.
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