Jean Smart, Alan Thicke and More Join All-Star Mame Concert Aug. 1

News   Jean Smart, Alan Thicke and More Join All-Star Mame Concert Aug. 1 Additional casting has been announced for the all-star concert performance of Mame Aug. 1 at the Hollywood Bowl.
Jean Smart (right), with Lewis J. Stadlen
Jean Smart (right), with Lewis J. Stadlen Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Joining the previously announced Michele Lee (Mame Dennis) and John Schneider (Beauregard Jackson Picket Burnside) will be Jean Smart as Vera Charles, Allyce Beasley as Agnes Gooch, Ben Platt as Patrick Dennis (age 10), Eric Sorenson as Patrick Dennis (age 19-29), Fred Willard as M. Lindsay Woosley, Michael Lee as Ito, Robert Picardo as Dwight Babcock, Lauri Johnson as Madame Branislowski/Mrs. Burnside, Cliff Bemis as Uncle Jeff, Monica Lee Gradischek as Cousin Fan, Tracy Powell as Sally Cato, Richard Israel as Junior Babcock, Susan Sullivan as Mrs. Upson, Alan Thicke as Mr. Upson, Jennifer Hall as Gloria Upson, Sarah Jane Nelson as Pegeen Ryan and the Mitch Hanlon Singers. The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra will be conducted by John Mauceri; show time is 7:30 PM.

The concert version of the famed Jerry Herman musical about the free spirited Mame Dennis, her boozy friend Vera Charles and her young nephew, Patrick will feature direction by Gordon Hunt and choreography by Kay Cole. The remainder of the creative team comprises Bradley Kaye (scenic design), Teresa Hanrahan (prop coordination), Casey Cowan (lighting design) and Lisa Ann Hill (costume design).

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."

Michele Lee made her Broadway debut in Vintage '60 followed by How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Bravo Giovanni, Seesaw and The Tale of the Allergist's Wife. She was Tony nominated for her work in Seesaw and Allergist's Wife. Lee is perhaps best known for her Emmy-nominated role on the CBS nighttime serial "Knots Landing."

The Hollywood Bowl is located at 2301 Highland Avenue in Hollywood, CA. Tickets for Mame are available by calling (323) 850-2000. Go to www.hollywoodbowl.org for more information.