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Nunsense, started out as a range of greeting cards by Dan Goggins, who then expanded his idea into a cabaret show, and, after running for 38 weeks, due to its instant popularity, eventually became a complete musical show in 1985. The cards depicted a nun giving biting remarks with a bit of a religious viewpoint, and became such an instant success, that the idea of turning them into a cabaret show was born.
The Fantasticks is the longest running show in history off Broadway, and this show, being the phenomenal success that it is, came a close second with its 3,672 performances. Since then, the show, starring Rue McLanahan, has been modified for television, resulting in six sequels and three follow ups. In fact, it became such a worldwide success, that it had more than 8,000 productions, and was translated into 26 languages.
More than 25,000 women, including such names as Edie Adams, Honor Blackman, Sally Struthers, and Phyllis Diller, to name but a few, have performed in the show all over the world, with these shows grossing more than $500 million.
The production which was played by five women, won no less than four Outer Critics Circle awards, as wells as the awards for best music, best book, and best off Broadway musical. The show, as well as its sequel, were adapted by Goggins for television, which featured Rue McLanahan as the Mother Superior, with this version also starring the likes of Terri White, Semina DeLaurentis, Christine Anderson, and Christine Toy. In 1985 they made a recording of the cast in London, and another in 1986 as well, with the cast of the off Broadway production. The opening of the show occurred in March 1987, at the Fortune Theatre, on London's West End.
As mentioned earlier, the amazing success of the show resulted in six sequels, two of them being Nunsense 2: The Second Coming, Sister Amnesias Country Western Nunsense Jamboree, a highlight of which has the audience taking part in a bingo game. These, as well as the other sequels that followed, all being resounding successes to audiences all around the world.
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