Goodspeed Musicals will "coax the blues right out ‘a the horn" with its much-anticipated new production of MAME. The bold and brassy musical comedy will runs now through July 1 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn. [Official Press Opening is tonight, May 9, 2012.]
Check out a sneak peek into the April 28 dress rehearsal for MAME. Watch the video below!
Come along for the madcap adventures of Auntie Mame and her adoring nephew. Surrounded by an eccentric cast of characters, she celebrates the Roaring 20s, overcomes tragedy and sails through life without missing a fad or a dance step. Jerry Herman's delightful score is packed with favorites "Bosom Buddies," "We Need a Little Christmas" and more.
Mame features Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman, a book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee and is based on the novel by PatRick Dennis and the play, Auntie Mame by Lawrence and Lee.
Louise Pitre, the Tony-nominated star of Broadway's Mamma Mia!, leads the stellar cast as Mame. Known as Canada's "first lady of musical theatre," Ms. Pitre also headlined the Toronto and US touring company casts of Mamma Mia! and is known for her signature performances as Fantine in Les Misérables (Toronto, Montreal, and Paris) and the title character in Edith Piaf.
Vera is played by Judy Blazer of Broadway's Lovemusik, 45 Seconds From Broadway, Titanic, A Change in the Heir, and Me and My Girl and Goodspeed's Bloomer Girl. Peter will be played by Lucas Schultz. Charles Hagerty will play Older Patrick. Agnes Gooch will be played by Kirsten Wyatt whose Broadway credits include Elf; Grease; High Fidelity; Urinetown; and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Ms. Wyatt's also appeared in Goodspeed's My One And Only and The Boy Friend.
The role of Ito is played by James Seol of Broadway's A Naked Girl on the Appian Way. Babcock will be played by Paul Carlin whose Goodspeed credits include 1776, The Boy Friend, Where's Charley, Brigadoon, Red, Hot & Blue, and On The Twentieth Century. Woolsey will be played by James Beaman of Goodspeed's How to Succeed in Business... and Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun. Beau will be played by James Lloyd Reynolds of Goodspeed's 42nd Street. Eli Baker will play Young Patrick.
The ensemble includes Erin Denman as Sally Cato (Goodspeed's 42nd Street), Alan Gillespie, Beau Landry as Junior, Peter Leskowicz (Goodspeed's Half a Sixpence), Denise Lute as Mother Burnside/Madame Branislowski (Broadway's Monday After the Miracle and Goodspeed's Show Boat), Eric Jon Malhum as Mr. Upson, Mary Jo McConnell as Mrs. Upson (Goodspeed's Big River and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn), Kim Sava as Peegan, Melissa Ann Steadman (Goodspeed's Carnival!), Kit Treece, Kellyn Uhl as Gloria (Goodspeed's How to Succeed...), and John T. Wolfe. The swings will be Brittany Bohn and Nick Nerio.
Mame is directed by Ray Roderick, who helmed many of Goodspeed's recent hits, My One And Only, 42nd Street, and Singin' in the Rain as well as Hello! My Baby and Double Trouble at The Norma Terris Theatre. Mr. Roderick served as the Associate Director of the 2000 Broadway revival of The Music Man as well as Co-conceived, Directed, and Choreographed the National Tour of Irving Berlin's I Love A Piano. Choreography will be by Vince Pesce, who was Associate Choreographer of Broadway's Anything Goes, The Pajama Game, Wonderful Town, and Little Shop of Horrors.