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“Nunset Boulevard: The ‘Nunsense’ Hollywood Bowl Show” Stars Cindy Williams as Mother Superior

The national tour of "Nunset Boulevard" will stop at the Clayton Center at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18th

The national tour of “Nunset Boulevard” will stop at the Clayton Center at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18th

At 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18th, the Clayton Center Auditorium & Conference Center will open its 2012-13 Palladian Series with a visit from the national tour of Don Goggin’s latest musical revue involving the Little Sisters of Hoboken: Nunset Boulevard: The Nunsense Hollywood Bowl Show, starring Cindy Williams as Mother Superior. Williams is an actress and comedienne who is probably best known for her portrayal of perky Shotz Brewery bottlecapper Shirley Wilhelmina Feeney in the long-running ABC television series “Laverne & Shirley” (1976-83).

According to BroadwayWorld.com, the Nunset Boulevard cast also includes Bambi Jones as Sister Mary Hubert, Christine Mild as Sister Robert Anne, Jeanne Tinker as Sister Mary Paul (Amnesia), and Stephanie Wahl as Sister Mary Leo.

According to the Clayton Center:

“Joining [65-year-old Cindy] Williams in the critically acclaimed musical comedy are members of the original New York cast…. Williams, who made her acting debut as a child in the [1972] thriller [Beware! The Blob], is best-known as the sweet and lovable Shirley of TV’s ‘Laverne & Shirley.’ Over the course of her career, Williams has starred in numerous films — including the George Lucas 1973 classic American Graffiti — and television roles.

“Her stage credits include her portrayal of Mother Superior in the wildly successful Meadow Brook Theatre presentation of the original Nunsense and a Broadway run as Mrs. Tottendale in The Drowsy Chaperone.

“As Mother Superior, Williams leads the Little Sisters of Hoboken on a Hollywood adventure. They’ve been invited to sing at the Hollywood Bowl. When they arrive in Tinseltown, they discover that they are really booked into the Hollywood Bowl-A-Rama — a bowling alley with a cabaret lounge — and not the famed ‘Bowl’ they were planning on. The Sisters are disheartened until they hear that a big-time producer is auditioning people for a new movie musical about the life of [former Hollywood starlet and Elvis Presley co-star] Dolores Hart [now 73], the famous movie star who became a nun; and their spirits soar.

“The Nunsense series of musical comedies is the creation of author/composer Dan Goggin. The original Nunsense, which Goggin adapted from a line of greeting cards featuring a nun offering sharp one-liners with a clerical slant, premiered in New York City at the Cherry Lane Theater in 1985. The show won four Outer Critics’ Circle Awards, including Best Off-Broadway Musical, and went on to become one of the top two longest-running musical in Off Broadway history, second only to The Fantasticks.

“Following the success of the original production of Nunsense, Goggin expanded the franchise with Nunsense 2: The Second Coming, Sister Amnesia’s Country Western Nunsense Jamboree, Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical, Meshuggah Nuns: The Ecumenical Nunsense, Nunsensations: The Nunsense Vegas Revue, Nunsense A-Men, Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class, and now Nunset Boulevard.”

In reviewing previous productions of the latest installment in Dan Goggin’s perennially popular Nunsense series, Betty Mohr of the Chicago Sun-Times called Nunset Boulevard “a feel-good show” and added, “Even before the show was over, the audience was on its feet roaring its approval.” ABC Television raved, “Nunset Boulevard is heavenly! It’s hugely popular, hilarious, wacky and unpredictable.”

The Clayton Center Auditorium & Conference Center presents NUNSET BOULEVARD: THE “NUNSENSE” HOLLYWOOD BOWL SHOW, starring Cindy Williams, at 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at 111 E. Second St., Clayton, North Carolina 27528.

TICKETS: $32.

BOX OFFICE: 919-553-1737 or http://www.etix.com/.

GROUP RATES (10+ tickets): 919-553-173.

SHOW: http://theclaytoncenter.com/schedule-of-events/nunset-boulevard-oct-18/.

VIDEO PREVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JG6mrmlHLl4.

PRESENTER: http://www.theclaytoncenter.com/.

VENUE: http://theclaytoncenter.com/about/venue-ticket-info/.

DIRECTIONS: http://theclaytoncenter.com/contact-us/directions/.

OTHER LINKS:

Nunset Boulevard: http://www.nunsense.com/tour/ and http://www.nunsense.com/tams/nunset.cfm (official web pages).

Nunsense Shows: http://www.nunsense.com/tams/index.cfm (official website) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nunsense (Wikipedia).

Dan Goggin: http://www.nunsense.com/tams/author.cfm (official Nunsense website) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Goggin (Wikipedia).

Cindy Williams: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cindy_Williams (Wikipedia) and http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0930286/ (Internet Movie Database).

Delores Hart: http://www.nunsense.com/tour/doloreshart.cfm (Nunsense web page) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolores_Hart (Wikipedia).

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