Nunsense II


The Little Sisters of Hoboken, those humble nuns with a touch of show biz flair, return in style with NUNSENSE II: THE SECOND COMING. Presenting a high-spirited and zany “Thank You Program” for their many supporters, the sisters sing and dance their way across the Mount St. Helen’s stage, which is already dressed for the Hoboken Music Society’s upcoming production of The Mikado. 

Musical numbers include “Winning Is Just the Beginning,” “There’s Only One Way To End Your Prayers,” “What Would Elvis Do?,” “The Padre Polka,” and “A Hat and Cane Song.”

NUNSENSE II is also available in a Large Cast Edition.

Music samples courtesy of DRG Records, Dan Goggin and Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Video Sampler of Nunsense II


  • Synopsis
  • Credits
  • Orchestration
  • Materials
  • Cast
  • History
  • Musical Numbers
  • Upcoming
  • NUNSENSE II: THE SECOND COMING could easily be subtitled “the rest of the story.” The sequel to the international hit musical NUNSENSE takes place approximately six weeks after the first “benefit performance.”

    Act I

    The same five nuns are back on stage at Mt. Saint Helen’s School for what is billed as a “Thank You Program” for their supporters. Since their first time out was such a success, they have decided that they should stick to their successful variety show formula. This time they are forced to work around the set dressing of The Mikado, which is being presented the following week by the Hoboken Music Society on the Mt. Saint Helen’s stage.
    The show opens with the musical production number “Nunsense: The Magic Word.” The song is followed by a high-speed recapitulation of what happened at the first show, narrated by Sister Mary Hubert and acted out silent-film-style by Sisters Robert Anne, Mary Paul (Amnesia) and Leo. This is capped off by the upbeat “Winning is Just the Beginning.”

    The program proceeds with Sister Mary Paul (she is the nun who had been hit on the head with a crucifix and was known as Sister Amnesia. She had remembered that she was a former country singer who had won the publishers’ Clearing House Sweepstakes and made the nuns instantly rich at the end of NUNSENSE I) running a bingo game in which something goes wrong and the entire audience wins at once.
    The variety show continues with Sister Leo; now on roller skates, with Sister Hubert once again warning Sister Leo of the pitfalls ahead in “The Biggest Still Ain’t Best,” and with Sister Robert Anne grabbing a couple of props from the Mikado production and appearing as Madame Butterfly. These irritations aside, Reverend Mother feels confident that everything is going well as she presents Sister Mary Paul, the newest country-singing sensation. Sister Mary Paul comes complete with sequined scapular, cowboy boots and Sister Mary Annette (her puppet).

    Then the telephone rings. Sister Leo answers to discover that the Franciscans are on their way to the convent to claim Sister Mary Paul as one of their own! Reverend Mother dispatches Sister Robert Anne to the convent to try to reason with the Franciscans while the other Sisters try to calm Sister Mary Paul. Reverend Mother continues center stage with stories from her days in the circus. The others follow Reverend Mother with “The Padre Polka” calling for women priests.

    Sister Robert Anne returns, telling the sisters that she has convinced the Franciscans to take only the prize money and leave Sister Mary Paul. Hearing this news, Reverend Mother faints. “A Hat and Cane Song” rounds out the action in Act I.

    Act II

    The second half of the program begins with Sister Robert Anne (by popular demand) performing some new impressions with her veil. Meanwhile, the Franciscans have arrived backstage to retrieve Sister Mary Paul. The sisters present a plan to make back the soon-to-be-lost money in “We’re the Nuns to Come to When You Go.” But trouble mounts as word comes that Sister Julia, Child of God (the convent cook) is in jail! Srs. Robert Anne, Leo and Mary Paul head off to bail her out, while Sister Hubert says “If only it were 1962, I’d know exactly what to do.” Impersonating a rock’n’roll star, she sings “What Would Elvis Do?”

    Reverend Mother decides to try to hawk the convent’s latest book, The Catholic Guide to Gift Giving. She is interrupted by news of the Franciscans’ return. As Reverend Mother leaves the stage, Sister Robert Anne remains, stealing the spotlight with “I Am Here to Stay.” With Reverend Mother off dealing with the Franciscans, the other sisters come back on stage to lead the audience in a sing-along aptly titled “What a Catastrophe.” A defeated Mother Superior returns. The Franciscans want everything, including Sister Mary Paul. Sister Mary Paul accepts her fate, singing a beautiful ballad, “No One Cared Like You.”

    Then without warning, a birdhouse, which is part of the Mikado set, falls on Sister Mary Paul’s head and jogs her memory. The “Franciscans” are none other than the Health Inspector and his assistant (the sisters’ nemesis in the first show) trying to steal the prize money by masquerading as monks. Realizing that Sister Mary Paul and the money are safe, the sisters give thanks with the rousing gospel finale “There’s Only One Way to End Your Prayers,” and that’s to say, “Amen!”

    The Second Coming

    Book, Music and Lyrics by Dan Goggin

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    is presented by arrangement with
    Tams-Witmark, A Concord Theatricals Company

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  • Combo Instrumentation

    Piano (Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material.)
    1 Synthesizer
    One Player, Two Keyboards:
    (Upper Keyboard) COLOR REGISTRATIONS
    (Lower Keyboard) BASS
    1 Percussion

    One Player, Trap Drum Set & Mallet Instruments:
    Drum Set:
    Bass Drum
    Snare Drum
    Small Tom-Tom
    Floor Tom-Tom
    Hi-Hat Cymbals
    Ride Cymbal
    Crash Cymbal
    Splash Cymbal

    Mallet Instruments:
    Timpani – 26″ and 29″
    Chimes – G, F sharp, E and D
    Cow Bell
    Wood Block
    Sandpaper Blocks
    Pop Gun
    Siren Whistle
    Crotale – E (or Bells)
    Mark Tree
    Peking Opera Gong (Small 10″ gong that bends in pitch)
    Alpine Cowbell (Or similar medium cowbell with clapper)
    Temple Blocks
    Wind Chime
    Police Whistle

  • Rehearsal Materials

    2 Piano/Conductor Scores
    10 Libretto/Vocal Books

    Bingo Cards

    Download PDF versions of the special bingo cards distributed to the audience members during the show.
    The cards are arranged on four pages with four cards each.
    They may be printed on heavy stock of your choice and cut to size along the dotted lines.



    Optional Additional Materials

    1 Digital Download of Rehearsal/Performance Piano Tracks and Vocal Coach Piano Tracks


  • Principals

    (5 female; 1 male) “1 male” IS NOT LISTED

    Sister Mary Regina — Mother Superior (Reverend Mother) – a feisty, overweight Sophie Tucker-type who can’t resist the spotlight.

    Sister Mary Hubert — Mistress of Novices – second in command, always competing with Mother Superior.

    Sister Robert Anne — a streetwise, tough character from Brooklyn, and a constant source of aggravation for Mother Superior.

    Sister Mary Paul — also known as Amnesia; puppeteer for Sister Mary Annette – lost her memory after a crucifix fell on her head. She is very sweet.

    Sister Mary Leo — novice who wants to be the first nun ballerina


    Sister Mary Annette — a hand puppet (voiced/operated by the actress playing Mary Paul)
    Stage Manager — appearing as him/herself
    Spotlight Operator — electrician, male offstage voice
    Stagehand — non-speaking

    The original production had a cast of 8 performers.

  • NUNSENSE II is the second in Dan Goggin’s series of NUNSENSE musicals.

  • Act I

    Overture: The School Band – Orchestra
    1. “Jubilate Deo” – The Five Nuns
    1a. “Nunsense, The Magic Word” – The Five Nuns
    2. “Gloria” – Srs. Amnesia, Leo, & Robert Anne
    3. “Winning Is Just The Beginning” – The Five Nuns
    4. The Stoning of Mary Magdalene – Orchestra
    5. “The Prima Ballerina” – Sr. Mary Leo
    6. “The Biggest Still Ain’t The Best”—Srs. Hubert & Leo
    7. “Un Bel Di” – Sr. Robert Anne
    8. “I’ve Got Pizazz” – Sr. Robert Anne with Rev. Mother
    9. Reprise: “I’ve Got Pizazz” – Rev. Mother with Sr. Robert Anne
    10. “The Country Nun” – Sr. Amnesia & Sr. Annette
    11. Playoff: The Country Nun – Orchestra
    12. “Look, Ma, I Made It” – Rev. Mother
    13. Playoff: Look, Ma, I Made It – Orchestra
    14. “The Padre Polka” – Srs. Amnesia, Leo, & Hubert
    15. Tokyo Rose – Orchestra
    16. “The Classic Queens” – Rev. Mother & Sr. Hubert
    17. “A Hat And A Cane” –The Five Nuns

    Act II

    18. Habit Humor – Orchestra
    18a. More Habit Humor – Orchestra
    19. “Angeline” – Sr. Robert Anne with the other Four Nuns
    20. Recollection – Orchestra
    21. “We’re The Nuns To Come To When You Go” – Srs. Amnesia, Leo, Robert Anne, & Hubert
    22. “What Would Elvis Do?” – Sr. Hubert & Rev. Mother
    23. “Yes We Can” –The Five Nuns
    23a. Playoff: Yes We Can – Orchestra
    24. “I Am Here To Stay” – Sr. Robert Anne
    25. “What A Catastrophe” – Srs. Amnesia, Leo, Robert Anne, & Hubert
    26. “No One Cared Like You” – Sr. Amnesia
    27. Reprise: Recollection – Orchestra
    28. Reprise: “Gloria” –The Five Nuns
    29. “There’s Only One Way To End Your Prayers” –The Five Nuns
    30. Reprise: “Nunsense, The Magic Word” – The Five Nuns
    31. Bows and Exit Music – Orchestra

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