Nunsense

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Nunsense

Dan Goggin

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  5f

A zany, wholesome, hilarious musical revue presented by the Little Sisters of Hoboken, Nunsense is a heavenly delight!

Nunsense
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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5f
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
    • Senior
Accolades
Accolades
  • Winner! Four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Off Broadway Musical

Description
The show is a fundraiser put on by the Little Sisters of Hoboken to raise money to bury sisters accidently poisoned by the convent cook, Sister Julia (Child of God). Updated with new jokes, additional lyrics, two new arrangements, and a brand new song, this zany musical has been videotaped for television starring Rue McClanahan as the Mother Superior.

History

Nunsense was first produced at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City on December 12, 1985. It was directed by Dan Goggin.

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Considerations

Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Church / Religious Groups
Cautions
  • No Special Cautions

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Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Setting: Mt. Saint Helen's school auditorium. The present.
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

5f
Cast Attributes
  • All Female
  • Ensemble cast

SISTER MARY REGINA, MOTHER SUPERIOR: Female, 60’s (Range: B3-F5)
A feisty overweight Sophie Tucker-type who can't resist the spotlight.

SISTER MARY HUBERT, MISTRESS OF NOVICES: Female, mid 50’s (Range: G3-F5)
The second in command, she is always competing with the Mother Superior.

SISTER ROBERT ANNE: Female, Mid 30’s (Range: G3-D5)
A streetwise taught character from Brooklyn. A constant source of aggravation for the Mother Superior.

SISTER MARY AMNESIA: Female, Late 30’s (Range: Db4-C6)
This nun lost her memory after a crucifix fell on her head. She is very sweet.

SISTER MARY LEO: Female, Early/Mid 30’s (Range: G#3-G5)
The novice, who has entered the convent with the firm desire to become the first nun ballerina.

Casting Notes

In the Original New York Production the Mother Superior was named SISTER MARY CARDELIA. In all subsequent productions the Mother Superior is named SISTER MARY REGINA, while SISTER MARY CARDELIA is the nun who modeled for the convent greeting cards. 

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Orchestra Size: Medium
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Materials

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package:

6 Piano Conductor Scores
1 Reed (Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone)
1 Percussion
1 Synthesizer
1 Trombone
1 Violin
1 Trumpets 1 and 2
1 Bass

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Media

Press

REVIEWS

"A hail of fun and frolic! Wacky and outrageous with a hysterical anything goes sense of fun!" - The New York Times

"You don't have to be Catholic to love Nunsense!" - Entertainment Tonight

"Inspired madness! Go see it!" - Jewish Post and Opinion

"Guaranteed to lift your spirits [...] Very, very funny." - National Catholic News

Song Samples

Nunsense is Habit Forming (Ensemble)
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Morning at the Convent (Sister Mary Leo)
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So You Want to be a Nun (Sister Amnesia)
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Lilacs Bring Back Memories (Sister Leo, Sister, Hubert, Ensemble)
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I Could Have Gone to Nashville (Sister Anmesia)
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Finale (Ensemble)
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Videos

  • Nuns and Nunsense

  • Helpful Tools and Producing Nunsense

  • The Creation of Nunsense

  • Promo with Sally Struthers

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Authors

Dan Goggin

Dan Goggin, a writer and director, came to New York from Alma, Michigan to study as a classical countertenor. He began his professional career singing in the Broadway production of Luther, starring Albert Finney. While appearing in a comic folk-duo called “The Saxons,” he began writing. This led to scores f ...

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