Whoopi Goldberg is helping to produce a "provocative" new rock musical about a teenage singing group that performs songs with hidden messages promoting white supremacy.

The Sister Act star has joined co-producers Holly Way, Jay Strommen and Tom Leonardis to take White Noise to the stage in Chicago, Illinois. The show was previously featured at the 2006 New York Musical Theater Festival, and was a sold-out engagement at New Orleans, Louisiana's Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre in 2009.

Broadway veteran Sergio Trujillo will direct and choreograph the production, which producers have described as "provocative". The cast has yet to be announced.

Goldberg, who has previously produced Broadway's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and Thoroughly Modern Mille, says in a statement: "White Noise smacks you in a challenging, emotional and entertaining way. The producing team looks forward to bring this unflinchingly honest new production to Chicago where audiences are sophisticated, aware and open to a musical that will certainly remind them of today's headlines and might awaken a new awareness of current social issues."

Previews for White Noise will begin on 1 April (11) and will officially open at the city's Royal George Theater on 9 April (11) for an eight-week run. (JMA/WNWC/MT)

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