Monday, October 22, 2012

Cindy Wiliams Blesses Palace Theater with Performance in Nunset Boulevard

Cindy Williams. Photo: courtesy of the Palace
The Little Sisters of Hoboken have gone Hollywood in the highly anticipated, latest installment of Dan Goggin’s international smash-hit Nunsense franchise, Nunset Boulevard: The Nunsense Hollywood Bowl Show, which will be presented at the Palace Theater in Waterbury on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 pm.

The tour stars Cindy Williams (Shirley of “Laverne & Shirley” fame), who will reprise her role as “Mother Superior” from the Meadow Brook Theatre presentation of the original Nunsense. Tickets are $75 and $45 and can be purchased by phone at 203-346-2000, online atwww.palacetheaterct.org, or in person at the Box Office, 100 East Main St., Waterbury.

Nunset Boulevard follows the latest exploits of The Little Sisters of Hoboken, who have been invited to perform at the Hollywood Bowl. They are thrilled at the prospect until they arrive and realize that they are booked into the Hollywood Bowl-A-Rama - a bowling alley with a cabaret lounge - and not the famed “Bowl” they imagined. Things do not go as planned until The Sisters catch wind of the fact that Movie Producer James Todd is across the street auditioning for roles in his new movie musical about the life of Dolores Hart, the famous movie star who became a nun. The Sisters, thinking they are naturals for parts, race off to audition during their show’s intermission. Could this be their big break?

As part of a special fundraiser for the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, CT, where Sister Dolores Hart currently resides, a portion of ticket proceeds from the Palace’s presentation of Nunset Boulevard will benefit the Abbey’s New Horizons Fund. Before the show, Sister Dolores will meet and greet patrons in the orchestra lobby, and after the show, patrons who purchased a $75 ticket will be invited to attend a post-show reception meet-and-greet in the mezzanine lobby with star Cindy Williams, director Dan Goggin and other members of the cast.

At 5:30 pm, Emily’s Catering Group will prepare a preshow dinner in the Palace’s Poli Club, located on the Mezzanine level of the theater. The dinner is $40 per member and $50 per non-member, which includes tax, service fees, coffee, and tea. A cash bar is also available. Seating is limited, and reservations can be made when purchasing tickets through the Box Office.

Nunsense, the creation of Catholic-school-educated author/composer Dan Goggin, 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 then transferred to the Douglas Fairbanks Theater on 42nd Street, where it ran for over 10 years, and has been presented all over the world in over 8,000 productions, grossing more than $500,000,000. During its New York run,Nunsense became the second longest running musical in Off Broadway history, eclipsed only byThe Fantasticks. For more information, visit www.nunsense.com.

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