Whoopi Goldberg debuts in 'Sister' play

'The View' co-host receives standing ovation in London

LONDON -- She said she'd never take to the boards in the stage play, but actress Whoopi Goldberg received an ecstatic first night ovation and was mobbed by fans after her West End debut in "Sister Act" in London on Wednesday night.

Her hotly-anticipated appearance as Mother Superior took place in front of a packed house at the London Palladium and was cheered by fans, with many more queuing around the block to catch sight of the actress and comedienne, who starred as Deloris in the movie 18 years ago.

This time around she has taken over the role of Mother Superior from Sheila Hancock and will play the role through Aug. 31.

"It feels truly special to be making my West End debut and it's wonderful and surprising to be doing it here. To think of the history of this building and the people who have worked here, and now there's a little bit of Whoopi weaved in there too," she told reporters.

Goldberg topped off her triumph by being whisked off for a late dinner with Prime Minister David Cameron after the performance.
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