Christine Ebersole will star as Mame with Kelly Bishop as her drunken best friend, the actress Vera Charles, in the upcoming September revival of Mame at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse. Ebersole most recently appeared in Encores!' The Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 in the roles originally created by Eve Arden. Her Broadway credits include Oklahoma! and Getting Away With Murder. She also starred in the musical Paper Moon. Bishop has performed on Broadway in Last Night of Ballyhoo, Proposals, Six Degrees of Separation and A Chorus Line, for which she received a Tony and Drama Desk Award.
Joining Ebersole and Bishop will be Sandy Rosenberg (The Scarlet Pimpernel) as Mame's personal secretary, Agnes Gooch, Paul Iacano (who has often appeared on the "Rosie O'Donnell Show") as Mame's nephew, Patrick, and Dan Schiff as Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside, Mame's southern gentleman suitor.
Mame, based on the play Auntie Mame, which was in turn based on the novel, "Auntie Mame," opened May 24, 1966 at the Winter Garden Theatre where it ran 1,508 performances. Angela Lansbury and Beatrice Arthur were among its original stars. Jerry Herman, who has often called the score one of his favorites, penned such tunes for it as "Mame," We Need A Little Christmas," "Bosom Buddies" and "Open a New Window."