All remaining performances of Nunsense are SOLD OUT!
January 24 – February 24, 2019
Join the Little Sisters of Hoboken (well, what’s left of them, that is) for a hysterically haphazard variety show to raise emergency funds for the convent. After a bad batch of Sister Julia – Child of God’s vichyssoise killed off fifty-two of the nuns, the survivors emptied the coffers to bury the deceased but ran out of cash before the last few bodies could be laid to rest (don’t worry – they’re in the kitchen freezer). Will their prayers be answered before the health department discovers their secret? With hilarious talent acts, tongue-in-cheek musical numbers, and help from the audience, Nunsense has blessed theatregoers worldwide for over 30 years and is the second longest-running Off-Broadway show in history.
Directed by SHARON MARONEY
Book, Music, and Lyrics by DAN GOGGIN
Run time is approximately 2 hours, including one 15-minute intermission
Performances held at the Broadway Rose New Stage, 12850 SW Grant Avenue, Tigard, OR
Dan Murphy as Sister Mary Regina, Reverend Mother
Dan Murphy is the founding managing director of Broadway Rose Theatre Company and occasionally trots the boards both here and around town. He has performed locally for The Musical Theatre Company, Pixie Dust Productions, Magdelyn Theatre, Well Arts Institute, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Stumptown Stages, and Lakewood Theatre Company. Audiences may recognize him from Broadway Rose’s productions of The Drowsy Chaperone as Man in Chair, Hairspray as Edna Turnblad, My Fair Lady as Alfred P. Doolittle, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum as Pseudolus, Gypsy as Herbie, and Guys and Dolls as Arvide Abernathy. He was also recently seen as King Charlemagne in Lakewood Theatre Company's production of Pippin. Originally from New York, Dan has appeared in over 60 movies, television shows and commercials and, although most of his best work has wound up on the editing room floor, he has the pay stubs to prove it.
Antonía Darlene as Sister Mary Hubert
Antonía Darlene is very excited to be back at Broadway Rose where she thoroughly enjoyed her part in Beehive. Ms. Darlene, who is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and the American Guild of Musical Artists, has been seen in productions at The Seattle Opera, The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, The Village Theatre in Issaquah, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, and Harlequin in the South Sound. She's been in Showboat, Aida, Porgy and Bess, The Music Man, Hairspray, Cinderella, and The Color Purple. Some of her favorite roles include Rusty in Footloose, Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Deena Jones in Dreamgirls, Joanne in Godspell, Joanne Jefferson in Rent, and Charlaine in Ain't Misbehavin'.
Danielle Valentine as Sister Robert Anne
Danielle Valentine is thrilled to be back at Broadway Rose with such a dynamic cast. You may have seen her here in 2017 as Tessie Tura in Gypsy. Other favorite roles include Inga in Young Frankenstein and Velma in Chicago. Danielle holds a degree in music performance which carries over onstage and in her passion for working with youth in music and theatre.
Laura McCulloch as Sister Mary Amnesia
Laura McCulloch hails from Melbourne, Australia where she studied musical theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts. She followed the love of her life to Portland in 2016 and is grateful for his unwavering love and support and to the theatre community for welcoming her with open arms. Some of her most beloved roles to date are: Jennyanydots U/S Grizabella and Jellylorum in Cats (Australasian Tour), Rosie in Mamma Mia! at Broadway Rose, Beatrice O’Leary in Your Holiday Hit Parade at Broadway Rose, Christine Daaé in Phantom at Stumptown Stages, Alexi Darling in Rent at Greenwich Theatre, London; Felicia Lipschitz in A Class Act at Landor Theater, London; and lead production singer aboard the MS Prinsendam and MS Rotterdam in the Holland America Line.
Malia Tippets as Sister Mary Leo
Malia Tippets is thrilled to be back on the Broadway Rose stage. Holding a degree in theatre performance from Marymount Manhattan College, she spent her college years performing in New York and went on to tour the nation in the mega musical Evita as Eva Peron. Returning to New York, she was featured in the “Town Hall: Rising Stars of Broadway” concert. She spent two years in Japan performing as Elphaba in the Universal Studios production of Wicked before returning to Portland. Favorite Portland credits include Fly By Night (Daphne), Carrie: The Musical (Carrie White), Anything Goes (Hope Harcourt) and Heathers: The Musical (Veronica Sawyer). Malia gives thanks to Dan and Sharon for fostering love of the arts in our community and beyond.
Thursday, January 24, 7:30 PM PREVIEW—SOLD OUT Friday, January 25, 7:30 PM OPENING NIGHT—SOLD OUT Saturday, January 26, 7:30 PM SOLD OUT Sunday, January 27, 2:00 PM SOLD OUT Thursday, January 31, 7:30 PM SOLD OUT Friday, February 1, 7:30 PM SOLD OUT Saturday, February 2, 2:00 PM—Post-show talk-back*—SOLD OUT Saturday, February 2, 7:30 PM SOLD OUT Sunday, February 3, 2:00 PM SOLD OUT Thursday, February 7, 7:30 PM SOLD OUT Friday, February 8, 7:30 PM SOLD OUT Saturday, February 9, 2:00 PM SOLD OUT Saturday, February 9, 7:30 PM SOLD OUT Sunday, February 10, 2:00 PM SOLD OUT Wednesday, February 13, 7:30 PM—Added performance!—SOLD OUT Thursday, February 14, 7:30 PM—SOLD OUT Friday, February 15, 7:30 PM SOLD OUT Saturday, February 16, 2:00 PM—Audio description available—SOLD OUT Saturday, February 16, 7:30 PM SOLD OUT Sunday, February 17, 2:00 PM SOLD OUT Wednesday, February 20, 7:30 PM—Added performance!—SOLD OUT Thursday, February 21, 2:00 PM—SOLD OUT Thursday, February 21, 7:30 PM—SOLD OUT Friday, February 22, 7:30 PM SOLD OUT Saturday, February 23, 2:00 PM SOLD OUT Saturday, February 23, 7:30 PM—SOLD OUT Sunday, February 24, 2:00 PM SOLD OUT
*Talk-backs are free and open to the public. They begin immediately following the first Saturday matinee performance of the mainstage production and are held in the theater. You do not have to attend the Broadway Rose production in order to attend the talk-back.
Directed by Sharon Maroney
Music Direction by Jeffrey Childs
Choreography by Dan Murphy
Set Design by Larry Larsen
Light Design by Jeff Forbes
Prop Design by Liz Carlson
Costume Design by Grace O’Malley
Sound Design by Brian Moen
Stage Manager Jessica Junor
A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR: SHARON MARONEY
You don’t have to be Catholic to get a kick out of Nunsense. What started as a line of greeting cards inspired a cabaret show that ran for 38 weeks before the concept was eventually expanded into a full-length musical, all created by Dan Goggin. When the original Off-Broadway production opened in December of 1985 it ran for 3,672 performances and became the second-longest-running Off-Broadway show in history (after The Fantasticks).
I was living in New York in 1985 when it opened and I volunteered to usher so I could see it for free. I was raised Catholic and was really curious about a wacky musical about nuns. It was so much fun. Fast forward to 1992, our first summer season at Broadway Rose, and I played Sister Robert Anne in our production of Nunsense. I had a blast performing as a nun that summer, making people laugh, and I also enjoyed the poignant moments, like the lyrics “but then the rules began to change and many lost their way, what was set in black and white was turning shades of grey.”
This time around I’m delighted to be sitting in the director’s seat, and we’ve got a ton of talent working on this show. I have no doubt that you’ll have a great time and leave the theater chuckling and smiling at the end of the show.
Jefferey Childs Piano
Amy Roesler Bass
Mitch Wilson Drum
News, Reviews, and Buzz
BWW Review: Great Cast Makes NUNSENSE Funsense, at Broadway Rose
by Krista Garver
BroadwayWorld.com, Feb. 1, 2019
The whole thing is pretty silly, so its success depends on an amazing cast, who can land the jokes and the songs. Fortunately, that’s exactly what Broadway Rose has… Read more.
Nunsense–a rollicking good time!
by Judy Nedry
Judynedry.com, Jan. 29, 2019
Be prepared for excellent singing, dancing, and plenty of jokes of the ecumenical persuasion, not to mention a ballerina, and a trash-talking puppet… Read more.
Broadway Rose’s Nunsense – Glorious Nonsense!
by Tina Arth
Westside Theatre Reviews, Jan. 28, 2019
Broadway Rose Theatre Company’s production of Nunsense is a really, really good show… utterly charming, witty, and flat-out hilarious…Read more.
If laughter is good for the soul, ‘Nunsense’ is your salvation
by Lee Williams
The Oregonian, Jan. 28, 2019
…there’s so much joy, joy, joy in the heart of “Nunsense” it’s still as deliriously intoxicating as undiluted communion wine… Read more.
Broadway Rose Theatre Company: Nunsense
AM Northwest, KATU channel 2
Nunsense co-stars Dan Murphy and Antonía Darlene sat down on AM Northwest to discuss the show that will keep you laughing from start to finish… Watch now.
With ‘Nunsense,’ add mother superior to Broadway Rose’s Dan Murphy’s résumé
by Ray Pitz
The Tigard Times, Jan. 17, 2019
This isn’t the first drag performance for Dan Murphy; maybe it’s becoming a habit… Read more.