Singer-actress-composer Amanda McBroom, best known as the composer of the Bette Midler hit "The Rose," will star in the title role of Jerry Herman's Mame for the Cabrillo Music Theatre.
McBroom will play the infamous Auntie Mame in a limited run at the California theatre from Nov. 1 to Nov. 10. Produced by Rob O'Neill, Mame will feature direction and choreography by Jon Engstrom with musical direction by Ilana Eden. No further casting information is available at this time.
Mame, based on Patrick Dennis' novel "Auntie Mame," features a score by Jerry Herman and a book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. The original Broadway production opened in May 1966 at the Winter Garden Theatre with Angela Lansbury as Mame and Bea Arthur as her boozy friend Vera Charles. Both Lansbury and Arthur won Tony Awards for their work. A subsequent film version cast Lucille Ball as the vivacious Mame. The classic Herman score includes such tunes as "If He Walked Into My Life," "It's Today," "Open a New Window," "Mame," "Bosom Buddies" and "We Need a Little Christmas."
The Cabrillo Music Theatre will present Mame in The Fred Kavli Theatre for the Performing Arts at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, which is located at 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Tickets, priced between $16 and $34, are available by calling TicketMaster at (805) 583-8700, (213) 480-3232 or (714) 740-2000.
The composer of such songs as "The Rose" and "Dreaming," Amanda McBroom also wrote, produced and starred in the musical Heartbeats, which has been mounted at the Old Globe in San Diego, the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut, the Cleveland Playhouse, the Pasadena Playhouse and the Sacramento Music Circus. Her most recent solo recording is entitled "Portraits." —By Andrew Gans