A national tour is being organized for the third entry in Dan Goggins' Nunsense saga, titled Sister Amnesia's Country-Western Nunsense Jamboree.
The tour will launch in late summer 1997 in Muskegon, MI, with Vicki Lawrence (of TV's The Carol Burnett Show) in the lead. It has not been determined whether she will star in the rest of the tour.
Having tried out successfully at Chanhassen Dinner Theatre near Minneapolis, the further adventures of the Little Sisters of Hoboken was scheduled to take to the road for a national tour in 1996, but the tour is now scheduled to launch in 1997. Additional dates and cities are currently being booked from late summer 1997 to late summer 1998, according to Roger Gindi, general manager and co-presenter of the tour with Tour Artists.
Goggins wrote and directed Nunsense Jamboree, as he did the two previous shows. In this installment, Sister Mary Amnesia goes to Nashville seeking fame and fortune.
Gindi said he is negotiation with two stars for the role, but nothing has been signed. The original musical, Nunsense, was a surprise hit of the 1985-86 off-Broadway season, running 3,672 performances over nine years, and becoming the second-longest running off-Broadway show ever, after the still-running The Fantasticks. It has become a staple of regional and community theatres across the U.S.
Nunsense told the unlikely story of a group of New Jersey nuns who put on a talent show to raise money so they can bury the rest of their order who died after eating tainted soup. That setup notwithstanding, the musical was a lighthearted look at life inside the cloisters.
It was followed by Nunsense 2: The Sequel, which ran several months in 1994.