The musicals season at London’s Landor Theatre continues with Sister Mary McArthur (also known as performer Tim McArthur) making her musical theatre debut as the Mother Superior in Dan Goggin’s Nunsense A-men! (the musical) from 27th June-28th July.
Nunsense A-men! begins when the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show, so they take over the school auditorium. Here we meet Reverend Mother Regina, a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of Novices; a streetwise nun from Brooklyn called Sister Robert Anne; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who is a wannabe ballerina; and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia, the nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head.
Sister Mary’s credits include Celebrity Nun (Jermyn Street, Gilded Balloon – Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2007), appearing at Don’t Tell Mama in New York and opening the New Space Theatre in Cape Town, South Africa, and Sister Mary Pops In at the New End Theatre. She represented the Jermyn Street Theatre in West End Eurovision 2010 at the Piccadilly Theatre, was guest speaker at the Dress Circle Benefit at Her Majesty’s Theatre and performed in A Night for Jennifer at the Lyric Theatre. Television and radio appearances include The Graham Norton Show on BBC1, Loose Ends (Radio 4) and 18 months as the agony aunt on Talk 107 in Scotland.
Nunsense A-men! is followed by the London premiere of Broadway musical [title of show] which will play at the space from 7th August to 14th September (presented by Theatrica Ltd and the Landor Theatre).
[title of show] is a musical comedy about Hunter and Jeff, two struggling writers who decide to create a new musical for the inaugural New York Musical Theatre Festival. With a three week deadline looming but nothing to lose, they decide to try and create the show of their dreams, but soon realise that their mad dash to put pen to paper is infinitely more entertaining than the show they are writing. Their struggle to write a hit becomes the subject of the show, and so [title of show] is born, taking its name from the ominous space on the festival’s application form.
[title of show] is written by Hunter Bell, with music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen. It is directed by Robert McWhir with musical direction by Michael Webborn. The musical was first produced by the New York Musical Theatre Festival, where it premiered in 2004. It subsequently ran Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre in 2006, before opening on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre in 2008 where it received a Tony Award nomination for Best Book of a Musical. After plans to open in the West End in 2011 and again in 2013, [title of show] is now making its journey to London in a brand new production at the Landor Theatre.