Dan Goggin (b. Alma, Michigan) is an American writer of musical theatre. His early life experiences, such as being schooled by the Marywood Dominican Sisters, influenced his life in such a positive and dramatic way that those experiences reverberate in some of his works.
He began his career as a singer in David Merrick's Broadway production of Luther, which starred Albert Finney. He then toured for five years as a member of the folksinging duo, "The Saxons." Dan wrote the music for and appeared in the off-Broadway musical Hark!.
After this production he began composing both music and lyrics for revues, musical shows consisting of skits, songs, and dances which often satirize current events, trends, and personalities. He later composed the score for the Broadway production Legend starring Elizabeth Ashley and F. Murray Abraham.
Mr. Goggin has also written the book, the music, and the lyrics to an original musical A One-Way Ticket To Broadway. Among his most famous musicals are those in the Nunsense series. The series includes Nunsense II, Nunsense Jamboree, Nuncrackers, Meshuggah-Nuns and A-Men. The Nunsense plays were written based on Mr. Goggin's intimate experiences with nuns.
Mr. Goggin is reported to have written the plays in order to share "the humor of the nun" and it is interesting to not that each of the nuns have a real-life counterpart. Nunsense was first created by Dan Goggin with Marilyn Farina portraying Mother Superior in a greeting card series.
Based on the greeting card character, Dan wrote the Nunsense musical. His musical comedy Balancing Act is also available from Samuel French.