Book by Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee. Music & Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Based on the novel Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis and the subsequent stage play by Lawrence and Lee
“Light the candles, get the ice out, roll the rug up!” It’s Mame!!!!
One of Broadway’s most luminous characters comes to our stage to remind us that “Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!” Featuring one of Jerry Herman’s most tuneful and joyous scores, Auntie Mame takes us on a wild ride of life with her inherited little nephew, Patrick.
MAME premiered in 1966 starring Angela Lansbury, Bea Arthur and Frankie Michaels, who all won Tony© Awards for their performances. It was nominated for an additional 5 Tony© awards and ran for 1,508 performances. A subsequent film version of the musical premiered in 1974 starring Lucille Ball.
So pour yourself some champagne and hang on as we coax the blues right out of your horn!
Mame Dennis – KELLY LESTER … Vera Charles – BARBARA CARLTON HEART … Patrick Dennis, age 10 – TRAVIS BURNETT … Agnes Gooch – MELISSA FAHN … Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside – BRENT SCHINDELE … Ito – GLENN SHIROMA … Patrick Dennis, age 19-29 – WILL COLLYER … Dwight Babcock – MICHAEL KOSTROFF … M. Lindsay Woolsey – GLENN ROSENBLUM … Mother Burnside/Madame Branislowski – PAMELA HAMILL … Sally Cato – KATIE DeSHAN … Pegeen Ryan – TAL FOX
Stage Manager – ANTHONY GRUPPUSO … Mr. Upson/Uncle Jeff – TODD GAJDUSEK … Gregor – TONOCCUS McCLAIN … Mrs. Upson/Cousin Fan – MICHELLE LANE
Gloria Upson – NIKKI ELENA SPIES … Female Ensemble – NATALIA VIVINO, COURTNEY LUNDY, KELSEY WEINSTEIN
MAME was directed by Lewis Wilkenfeld and choreographed by Heather Castillo. Musical direction by Cassie Nickols. Production supervision by Kristi Holden
Presented in staged concert reading format on Sunday, Sept. 23rd, 2018 at 7pm at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA.
IN THE STUDIO: RADIO INTERVIEW
BOSOM BUDDIES Kelly Lester (MAME) and Barbara Carlton Heart (VERA) are interviewed by State of the Arts with Michael Sterling and Andrew David James
LISTEN HERE (audio starts at :30)
Musical Theatre Guild is comprised of the finest musical theatre artists in the Los Angeles area, producing staged concert readings (book in hand) of Broadway’s forgotten gems and undiscovered treasures. For over twenty years, Musical Theatre Guild has produced nearly 100 shows, many of which are once-in-a-generation opportunities to be performed and seen. Performances are presented with minimal scenery and costumes. A live professional orchestra is utilized for all productions.
Recognitions include The Los Angeles Drama Critics Margaret Harford Award, The Actors’ Equity Foundation, The ASCAP Foundation, The California Arts Council, City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, The City of Los Angeles Artistic Excellence Citation, and more.