Creative Team Set for Kennedy Center Mame; Performances Now Begin in May

News   Creative Team Set for Kennedy Center Mame; Performances Now Begin in May As casting continues for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' mounting of Mame, the creative team for the upcoming production has been announced.

Joining the previously announced Eric Schaeffer as director will be choreography Warren Carlyle, set designer Walt Spangler, costume designer Gregg Barnes and lighting designer Dan Wagner. Featuring Christine Baranski in the title role, Mame has changed its performance schedule. Originally set to run Feb. 18-March 26, 2006, the production will now begin performances May 27 with an official opening June 1.

The limited engagement of the musical — about the free-spirited Mame Dennis, her boozy friend Vera Charles and Mame's young nephew Patrick — will now run through July 2 at the Eisenhower Theater.

Warren Carlyle was associate choreographer for the recent Broadway revival of Oklahoma! as well as the Broadway production of The Producers. Walt Spangler designed the sets for the Broadway production of Hollywood Arms. Gregg Barnes received a Tony nomination for his costume designs for the Broadway revival of Flower Drum Song; he also designed costumes for the Broadway productions of Side Show and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Dan Wagner is an eight-time winner of the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lighting Design, and he has designed more than 350 productions at regional theatres.

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."

Tickets for the Kennedy Center's production of Mame will go on sale to the general public Nov. 7. For more information visit www.kennedy center.org.