Laugh, Learn, Dance, Shop

You’re bound to remember her as the lovable Shirley Feeney of TV’s Happy Days spinoff Laverne & Shirley. What could throw off your recollections is the nun’s habit she’ll be wearing.

Cindy Williams leads the cast as Mother Superior in Nunset Boulevard: The Nunsense Hollywood Bowl Show, the first show in The Clayton Center’s 2012-13 Palladian Series, set for tonight at 8 p.m.

As Mother Superior, Williams leads the Little Sisters of Hoboken on a Hollywood adventure. They’ve been invited to sing at the Hollywood Bowl, but when they arrive in Tinseltown, it turns out they are really booked into the Hollywood Bowl-A-Rama, a bowling alley with a cabaret lounge.

Things are looking gloomy until the Sisters hear that a big-time producer is auditioning people for a new movie musical about the life of Dolores Hart, the famous movie star who became a nun. Their spirits soar, and so does the hilarity.

Joining Williams in this critically acclaimed musical comedy are members of the original New York cast.

The original Nunsense, by Dan Goggin, premiered in New York City in 1985 and won four Outer Critics’ Circle Awards, including Best Off-Broadway Musical, and went on to become one of the top two longest-running musicals in Off Broadway history, second only to The Fantasticks.

Tickets for Nunset Boulevard are $32 and can be purchased by phone at (919) 553-1737, or at www.theclaytoncenter.com. The Clayton Center is located at 111 E. Second St. in downtown Clayton.

More to See and Do

Bodyology, the musical comes to Garner Performing Arts Center on Oct. 22 at 9:55 a.m., and at 11:40 a.m. A one-hour theatrical show featuring PBS’ Slim Goodbody, Bodyology explores the inner workings of the human body along with the health practices required to care for it. For tickets, visit www.garnerperformingartscenter.com.

Time is running out to get your tickets to the Garner Midday Rotary Foundation’s annual Black, White and Bling Gala, set for Saturday, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m., at The Grand Marquise Ballroom in Garner. The event supports local scholarships and the Backpack Buddies program in Garner.

Tickets are $75 each, $55 of which is tax-deductible. Ticket price includes food, live and silent auctions, and a chance to win a 1.4-carat, pear-shaped blue topaz and diamond ring, and $500 cash! For more information, visit www.garnermid-dayrotary.org/annual-gala.html.

A Shopping SPREE! will be held Oct. 24-28 at the Raleigh Convention Center downtown. Kick off the holiday shopping season by shopping for a cause — proceeds benefit the Junior League of Raleigh and its programs. Visit www.ashoppingspree.org for tickets and more information.

It’s your last weekend to see the classic comedy Arsenic & Old Lace, presented by the Towne Players of Garner tonight through Saturday at 8 p.m.; there’s also a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday. All shows are at the Garner Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available at the door, or at www.garnerperformingartscenter.com.

Tickets are now on sale for the third annual Broadway Voices concert series in Garner, presented by the Garner Chamber of Commerce, Town of Garner and local business sponsors. This season will feature multiple Tony Award-winner David Burnham on Dec. 1; Craig Schulman on March 9, 2013, and Alli Mauzey on May 4, 2013. For more information, visit www.garnerperformingartscenter.com.

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