Barrington's Mame — with Sandy Duncan — Begins Limited Run Oct. 4

News   Barrington's Mame — with Sandy Duncan — Begins Limited Run Oct. 4 The Barrington Stage Company's production of Mame, which boasts stage and screen star Sandy Duncan in the title role of the award-winning musical, begins performances Oct. 4.
Sandy Duncan is Mame at Barrington Stage Company.
Sandy Duncan is Mame at Barrington Stage Company. Photo by Kevin Sprague

The concert staging of the musical — which runs through Oct. 15 at the Barrington Stage in Pittsfield, MA — also features Diane J. Findlay as the boozy Vera Charles, Ginifer King as Gloria Upson, Eric Ulloa as the adult Patrick, Mark Jacoby as Beauregard Jackson Picket Burnside, Gordon Stanley as Mr. Babcock, James Van Treuren as M. Lindsay Woolsey, Joyce Chittick as Agnes Gooch, Johnny Shaffer as Young Patrick and Grant Chang as Ito. The ensemble comprises Ariana Balayan, Daniel Cohen, Maria Couch, Jack Doyle, Patti Perkins, Megan Rozak and Jeremy Scott.

Directed by Julianne Boyd with choreography by Tony Parise, the creative team also includes Brian Prather (sets), Guy Lee Bailey (costumes), D. Benjamin Courtney (lights) and Matt Kraus (sound) and F. Wade Russo (musical direction).

Sandy Duncan received Tony Award nominations for her performances in Canterbury Tales, The Boy Friend and Peter Pan. Her other Broadway credits include Love Is a Time of Day, My One and Only and Chicago. Also a star of television and film, Duncan was nominated for Emmy Awards for her performances in "Funny Face" and "Roots."

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 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."

Mame "follows the whirlwind adventures of an unconventional aunt and her nephew with a rogue's gallery of memorable characters - including the has-been actress Vera Charles, timid secretary Agnes Gooch, and southern gentleman Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside - plus encounters with proper society." For more information about the Barrington Stage Company, call (413) 236-8888 or visit www.barringtonstageco.org.

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