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Christopher Sieber, Beth Leavel, and More Join Nunsense TV Series

”The Office”’s Phyllis Smith, Darlene Love, and other stars of stage and screen will appear in the series pilot.

Christopher Sieber will appear in Nunsense: The TV Series, based on Dan Goggin's musical comedy.
Christopher Sieber will appear in Nunsense: The TV Series, based on Dan Goggin’s musical comedy.
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Dan Goggin’s musical comedy Nunsense has been adapted for the small screen, with Nunsense: The TV Series premiering its pilot episode online at on April 25.

When funding for Mt. St. Helen’s School’s music and arts program gets cut, Reverend Mother Mary Regina and the Little Sisters of Hoboken take matters into their own hands. Nunsense: The TV Series follows the zany antics of the world’s most famous nuns as they enter Hoboken Has Talent, a local variety show competition, with their sights set on winning the $100,000 grand prize. Having previously staged a fundraising show to help bury 52 nuns accidentally poisoned by Sister Julia, Child of God, the Little Sisters of Hoboken consider themselves expert entertainers.

The cast features Mary Stout as Reverend Mother Mary Regina, Bambi Jones as Sister Mary Hubert, Tony Award winner Beth Leavel as Sister Robert Anne, Jeanne Tinker as Sister Mary Amnesia, The Office star Phyllis Smith as Sister Julia, Tony winner Karen Ziemba as Sister Mary Leo, Dee Hoty as Sister Mary Wilhelm, June Gable as Sister Rose Seraphine, Christina Pumariega as Sister Mary Michaela, Christopher Sieber as Father Virgil Manley Trott, Jeff Blumenkrantz as Brother Anthony, Lee Roy Reams as the Saint, Scott Willis as Father Kuligowski, Jim Ferris as Brother Patrick, Melinda Tanner as Sister Brendan, and Grammy Award-winning recording artist Darlene Love as herself.

Nunsense is the creation of Catholic school-educated author and composer Dan Goggin, and it follows a fictitious order of merry nuns — the Little Sisters of Hoboken — as they put on a fundraising show at their school, Mt. St. Helens (home of the Volcanoes). Nunsense premiered in New York City at the Cherry Lane Theater in 1985, where it won four Outer Critics' Circle Awards, including Best Off-Broadway Musical. It transferred to the Douglas Fairbanks Theater on 42nd Street, where it ran for over 10 years. By now, it has been presented all over the world in over 10,000 productions and 26 languages.