Nunsense (1985) is a musical comedy with a book, music, and lyrics by Dan Goggin. (Dan Goggin is an American writer, composer, and lyricist for musical theatre). Originating as a line of greeting cards, Goggin expanded the concept into a cabaret that ran for 38 weeks, and eventually into a full-length musical. The original Off-Broadway production opened December 12, 1985, running for 3,672 performances and becoming the second-longest-running Off-Broadway show in history.
Due to an unfortunate accident in the convent kitchen of the Little Sisters of Hoboken, some 52 nuns have passed on. Adding to this unpleasant event, the nunnery’s coffers lack the funds for the funerals. The Mother Superior decides she and her fellow nuns will put on a revue packed with hilarious show-stopping song and dance numbers to raise the money for the funerals. We then follow a hail of fun and frolics as they try to achieve their aim.
Cast (In order of speaking)
Sister Robert Anne – Emma Brunnock: Sister Hubert – Ruth Barton: Mother Superior – Claudia Barnes: Sister Amnesia – Eloise Rossiter: Sister Leo – Kelly Elllul: Sister Bernadette – Dianne Hayes: Sister Cardelia – Mollie Sheppard: Sister Mary Thomas – Becky Waters.
Director – Steve Bissex Williams and Music Director – Pamela Guy.
Steve Bissex Williams said: ‘Ever since I saw Nunsense in New York I have always wanted to direct the show. I have been blessed with a great team of actresses who are supported by a great production team.’