‘Nunsense’ TV

Nunsense, which over three decades has developed from a long-running off-Broadway show into a musical comedy brand, will launch a pilot for a TV series next week, according to reports in Playbill, Theatermania and BroadwayWorld.

More specifically, the pilot episode of Nunsense: The TV Series will be available free at nunsensetv.com and YouTube starting Tuesday, April 25. Filmed at a former monastery in Union City, NJ, the cast includes Tony Award winners Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone) and Karen Ziemba (Contact), as well as Phyllis Smith (The Office) and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer/actress Darlene Love (“He’s a Rebel,” Lethal Weapon) playing herself.

Dan Goggin, who wrote the original musical, its six sequels and three spinoffs, has also written the pilot. The plot? “When funding for Mt. St. Helen’s School’s music and arts program gets cut, Reverend Mother Mary Regina (Mary Stout) and the Little Sisters of Hoboken take matters into their own hands ….The world’s most famous nuns … enter ‘Hoboken Has Talent,’ a local variety show competition, with their sights set on winning the $100,000 grand prize.”

By the way, this isn’t the first time Goggin has brought Nunsense to video. Among others, Rue McClanahan (Golden Girls) starred as the Reverend Mother in three TV movies, including A&E’s “Clairol on Broadway” production of Nunsense (1993):

 

 

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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