April 10, 2024

Off-Broadway Hit Comes to Mercer

MUSICAL COMEDY HABIT: “Nunsense” is on stage at the Kelsey Theatre of Mercer County Community College April 19 through May 5.

Tainted food, nuns in freezers, and lots of laughs are in store when The MTM Players bring the musical comedy Nunsense to the Kelsey Theatre stage, April 19 to May 5, on Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) West Windsor Campus.

After a bad batch of vichyssoise accidentally kills off 52 of the Little Sisters of Hoboken by the convent cook, Sister Julia (Child of God), the survivors empty the coffers to bury the deceased, but run out of cash before the last few bodies can be laid to rest. With the remaining deceased nuns on ice in the kitchen freezer, they decide to stage a variety show to raise the extra funds they need. But — will their prayers be answered before the health department discovers their secret?

Nunsense is the third longest running musical in Off-Broadway history. Since its premiere in 1985, there have been more than 8,000 productions worldwide in 26 languages. The show was written and scored by Dan Goggin, and won the 1986 Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Off-Broadway Musical, Best Book, and Best Music. In 1994 Nunsense was produced for television, starring Rue McClanahan as Mother Superior.

Dates and showtimes are Friday, April 19 and 26, and Saturday, April 20, 27, and May 4 at 8 p.m. Afternoon performances are Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, April 21, 28, and May 5 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $26 for adults and $24 for children and students. Visit kelseytheatre.org.