Goldberg Returns To Broadway

By Michelle
November 29, 2004 - 9:57 PM

Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan) is bringing the one-woman show that made her famous back to the Broadway theatre where it originally ran twenty years ago.

The Associated Press (via The Daytona Beach News-Journal) reported that Whoopi, now playing in Manhattan's Lyceum Theatre on 45th Street, is back with the "same big-name producer [Mike Nichols] and much of the same material." And Goldberg jokes that the unpredictability of her characters is back as well.

"I have less control than I would like," joked Goldberg of the five characters, including an easygoing surfer, a crippled woman, a sarcastic drug dealer and "Jamaican Woman" who alternate appearances in her solo show. During a trial run in Philadelphia, where she experimented with six or seven characters, she said she discovered that she is not as young as she used to be: "Oh yeah, baby. I was not carrying this much back space," she noted, gesturing to her backside. "'Oh, OK, old broad. Try not to crinkle up quite so quickly.' "

The actress said she wanted to create a new character, an obese woman who would offer commentary on American obsession with weight. But she had difficulty getting the character's voice on stage. "I could not tap into her at all. She just wouldn't come," she said.

Goldberg has won an Academy Award, an Emmy, a Grammy, two Golden Globes and a Tony. Whoopi will run at the Lyceum through January 30th.

The original article is at (via The Daytona Beach News-Journal) and other newspapers that carry AP articles.

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