Jerry Herman's Mack and Mabel to Receive London Fringe Revival in July

News   Jerry Herman's Mack and Mabel to Receive London Fringe Revival in July
 
West End actors Norman Bowman and Laura Pitt-Pulford will star in the title roles of a new London fringe production of Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart's 1974 Broadway musical Mack and Mabel, beginning performances July 5 at Southwark Playhouse's The Vault, prior to an official opening July 11, for a run through Aug. 25.

It is directed by Thom Southerland and produced by Danielle Tarento in association with Southwark Playhouse, the same team behind last year's production of Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry's Parade there.

Bowman, who recently played Micky Deans in the UK tour of End of the the Rainbow with Tracie Bennett, prior to her current Broadway run in the show, has been seen in the West End as Sky Masterson in the Donmar Warehouse's production of Guys and Dolls, Marius in Les Miserables and Sam in Mamma Mia!, as well as appearing as Tom Watson in the Donmar's production of Parade.

Pitt-Pulford has been seen as Betty Schaefer in the West End transfer of Sunset Boulevard from Newbury's Watermill Theatre, and played Lucille Frank in Parade at Southwark Playhouse. Other credits include playing Snake in Nick Lloyd Webber's The Little Prince (at Belfast's Lyric Theatre) and Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls (Theatr Clwyd and tour).

According to press materials, Mack and Mabel is set in the "early days of motion pictures and follows the tumultuous, real-life romantic relationship between movie director Mack Sennett and Mabel Normand, who became one of the biggest screen stars in the world. Told in a series of flashbacks, Sennett relates the glory days of the Keystone Studios from 1911, when he discovered Normand and cast her in dozens of his early 'two-reelers,' through his creation of Sennett's Bathing Beauties and the Keystone Cops to Mabel's death from TB in 1930."

Mack and Mabel is designed by Jason Denvir, with choreography by Lee Proud, musical direction by Michael Bradley, lighting by Howard Hudson and sound design by Andrew Johnson. To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7407 0234, or visit www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk.

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