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Whoopi Goldberg to star in West End production of 'Sister Act.' Can she come to Broadway...in 'Sister Act 2'?

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Image Credit: Everett CollectionI will follow Sister Mary Clarence wherever she may go — but I’m really hoping she comes to Broadway. Especially after seeing news today that Whoopi Goldberg is set to play Mother Superior in the West End production of Sister Act. (According to the show’s producers in a press release, Goldberg’s stint is a short one: Expect to only see The View co-host from Aug. 10 to Aug. 31 at the London Palladium.) I could balk at the fact that Goldberg will be playing Mother Superior, rather than Deloris van Cartier/Sister Mary Clarence — the lounge singer-turned-singing nun Goldberg made famous — but the mere presence of Goldberg on stage in a production of Sister Act makes me hopeful that she’ll reprise her (or at least a) role in the upcoming 2011 Broadway production of the film.

Because, really, a production of Sister Act without Goldberg is a little like communion without wafers. But am I alone in wishing that Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit will follow its predecessor’s move to Broadway? Seriously, re-watch this scene from the sequel, and try to convince me this movie’s not tailor-made for the stage. If Broadway is missing anything, it’s a 1990s-style rap about God.

Agree, PopWatchers? And will “Joyful Joyful” be in your head for the rest of the day too? And, oh my god, in the name of Jennifer Love Hewitt, remember overall shorts?!