New Mame, Starring Christine Baranski, Begins at Kennedy Center May 27

News   New Mame, Starring Christine Baranski, Begins at Kennedy Center May 27
 
The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' production of Jerry Herman's Mame, starring Christine Baranski as the auntie who charges her nephew to "live," begins its run on May 27.
Mame star Christine Baranski.
Mame star Christine Baranski. Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Jeff McCarthy, a Drama Desk Award nominee for his performance in Urinetown, will play Beauregard Jackson Picket Burnside. The company also includes the previously announced Harriet Harris (as Vera Charles), Emily Skinner (as Agnes Gooch), Max von Essen (as the adult Patrick) and Alan Muraoko (as Ito).

Directed by Eric Schaeffer, the limited engagement will officially open June 1 and will run through July 2.

Recent reports have the production as a possible candidate for Broadway in the fall.

The musical's creative team comprises Warren Carlyle (choreographer), Walt Spangler (set designer), Ken Billington (lighting designer) and Gregg Barnes (costume designer).

Mame, based on Patrick Dennis' novel "Auntie Mame," features a score by Jerry Herman and a book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee (who penned the play, "Auntie Mame," after the novel). 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." Baranski was a steady presence on Broadway and Off during the '80s and early '90s, winning regular praise for performances in Lips Together, Teeth Apart, Elliott Loves, The House of Blue Leaves, The Real Thing and Rumors. She won Tony Awards for the latter two. Since then, however, she has spent the bulk of her time in film and television, playing Cybill Shepherd's sidekick in "Cybill" and then starring in other, less-long-lived sitcoms such as "Welcome to New York" and "Happy Family." Film credits include "Bowfinger," "The Birdcage," "Chicago," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "Bulworth."

Mame will play Tuesday-Sunday evenings at 7:30 PM with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 PM. Tickets, priced $25-$90, are available by calling (202) 467-4600 or (800) 444-1324. For more information visit www.kennedy-center.org.

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