*Whoopi Goldberg attended the opening night of “Big Fish” at the Neil Simon Theatre on October 7 in NYC and during her time on the red carpet, told Broadway.com about what she hopes is in the cards for her.
“Probably the next thing I’ll do [on Broadway] is a one-woman show about Moms Mabley. I can do her material, and the material still works.”
Whoopi previously had the feature documentary of Mabley that she directed, “Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin’ to Tell You,” premiere at at the 2013 Tribecca Film Festival and then later picked up by HBO.
Goldberg utilized the film to showcase Mabley’s Legacy through unreleased photography and released performance shots as well as words from known figures such as Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers, Sidney Poitier, Kathy Griffin, Harry Belafonte, Bill Cosby, Quincy Jones, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara.
Once billed as “The Funniest Woman in the World,” Mabley went on to become one of the first X-rated comedians by incorporating gender, sex and racism into her set and performed on TV and film until her death in 1975.
“Moms Mabley has been a huge inspiration to me and so many others, but not a lot of folks outside of the comedy world know about her legacy,” said Goldberg in a statement. “There are a lot of us who wouldn’t be working today without pioneers like her. HBO gave me my first break on TV, so it’s only fitting that Moms has a home there now.”