‘Nunsense’ TV Specials

(Above: Rue McClanahan)

Subscription theater streamer BroadwayHD celebrates the 35th anniversary of Nunsense, Dan Goggin’s musical comedy, with the release of all Nunsense television specials this Thursday, November 14.

Nunsense is the story of The Little Sisters of Hoboken, who, after a case of unintentional food poisoning kills 52 residents of their convent, run a greeting card company and produce a musical revue to raise money for the funerals. It was the second-longest-running show in Off-Broadway history, spawning six sequels, three spinoffs, and seven TV specials.

BroadwayHD’s Nunsense offerings include:

Nunsense (1993) and Nunsense 2: The Sequel (1994) – The original story, followed by another featuring a musical revue. Starring Rue McClanahan as Rev. Mother Mary Regina

Nunsense 3: Jamboree (1998) – Starring Vicki Lawrence as Sister Mary Amnesia, who goes on tour promoting her musical album. With Rue McClanahan as Mother Superior

Nuncrackers (2001) – The nuns put on a TV variety show. With McClanahan as the Reverend Mother and John Ritter as the Narrator

Nunsensensations! The Nunsense Vegas Review (2007) – A parishioner volunteers to donate $10,000 to the sisters’ school if they will perform in a Las Vegas club. With Deborah Del Mastro, Bambi Jones, Bonnie Lee, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show‘s Georgia Engel in a cameo appearance

Meshuggah-Nuns! (2010) – The Sisters go on a cruise. With Bonnie Lee, David Edwards and Bambi Jones

Nunset Boulevard: The Nunsense Hollywood Bowl (2012) – The Sisters sing at the Hollywood Bowl. With Deborah Del Mastro, Bambi Jones and Bonnie Lee.

BroadwayHD costs $8.99 monthly or $99.99 annually, with a one-week free trial. For more info, including device list, visit broadwayhd.com.

Incidentally, in 2017, a pilot for a planned web series was released. To date, the series doesn’t seem to have gotten off the ground.

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