Matt Byrne Media religiously presents the SA Premiere of the funny nunny musical Nunsense A-Men at Holden Street Theatres this month.
Dan Goggin’s original Nunsense is an hilarious musical spoof about the misadventures of five nuns from the Little Sisters of Hoboken who have to stage a fundraising concert to help bury 4 of their deceased sisters who died from eating dodgy mushroom soup.
But there’s a serious change of habit in this version because all the Nuns are played by men!
Producer/Director Matt Byrne says Nunsense A-Men has been a huge hit on Broadway.
“I’ve always loved Nunsense and it’s been a very popular show around Australia, but it’s never been done in Adelaide by men before – what a change of habit!” Byrne said.
“Sister Julia’s soup wiped out 52 of the sisters but there wasn’t enough money to bury all the dearly departed, so four have been stored in the convent freezer!
“The surviving nuns – ballet-loving Sister Leo, street-wise Sister Robert Anne, befuddled Sister Mary Amnesia, Reverend Mother Sister Mary Regina, and Mistress of the Novices Sister Mary Hubert – sing, tap dance and pray for a miracle while celebrating convent life and raising funds to bury the final four deceased sisters!”
Byrne said “think of it as Mrs. Doubtfire enters the Convent, and we play it straight.”
“I was taught by Nuns at the Good Samaritan convent in Gawler and most of them had male names like Sister Vincent and Mother Sylvester – they were named after Saints,” he said.
“Nuns are really gender neutral but having men playing them gives lines like ‘The guys in the old neighbourhood still can’t believe I became a nun!’ a whole new meaning!”
The MBM production features David Gauci as Sister Mary Regina, Chris Stansfield as Sister Robert Anne, Jayke Melling as Sister Mary Leo, Ron Abelita as Sr. Mary Amnesia and Matt Byrne as Sister Mary Hubert.
Byrne will direct and design the show, with Ben Saunders as Musical Director and Rose Vallen as Choreographer.
Nunsense A-Men runs at the Holden Street Theatres at 34 Holden Street, Hindmarsh from November 7-9, 13-14 & 16, 21-23 and 28-30 at 8 p.m. & November 16, 23 & 30 at 2 p.m. Admission is Adults $40 and Concessions $35 with Group Concessions $38/$33 for 10 or more. Booking Fees Apply.