Complete Casting Announced for Goodspeed Mame Starring Louise Pitre, Judy Blazer
By Andrew Gans
Complete casting has been announced for the Goodspeed Musicals production of the Tony-winning Jerry Herman musical Mame, which will play April 20-July 1 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT.
As previously reported, the cast will be led by Louise Pitre, the Canadian actress and concert star who was Tony Award-nominated for playing Donna in Mamma Mia! on Broadway, in the title role.
She will be joined by Eli Baker (Peter), James Beaman (Woolsey), Judy Blazer (Vera), Paul Carlin (Babcock), Charles Hagerty (Older Patrick), James Lloyd Reynolds (Beau), Lucas Schultz (Young Patrick), James Seol (Ito), Kirsten Wyatt (Agnes Gooch), Erin Denman (Sally Cato), Alan Gillespie, Beau Landry (Junior), Peter Leskowicz, Denise Lute (Mother Burnside/Madame Branislowski), Eric Jon Malhum (Mr. Upson), Mary Jo McConnell (Mrs. Upson), Kim Sava (Peegan), Melissa Ann Steadman, Kit Treece, Kellyn Uhl (Gloria), John T. Wolfe, Brittany Bohn and Nick Nerio.
The brassy 1966 musical is based on the episodic Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee play Auntie Mame, about the hedonistic eccentric aunt of a young orphan.
Jerry Herman wrote the show's songs, including "Open a New Window," "It's Today" and "If He Walked Into My Life." The source material for the play and musical is the Patrick Dennis novel "Auntie Mame." (Lawrence & Lee wrote the libretto.)
Mame will be directed by Ray Roderick (Goodspeed's Hello! My Baby, My One And Only, Singin' in the Rain and 42nd Street) and choreographed by Vince Pesce (associate choreographer of Broadway's Anything Goes, The Pajama Game, Wonderful Town and Little Shop of Horrors).
The creative team will also include set designer James Youmans, costume designer Gregg Barnes, lighting designer Charlie Morrison, sound designer Jay Hilton, music director Michael O’Flaherty, assistant music director William J. Thomas and orchestrator Dan DeLange.
For more information, call (860) 873-8668 or visit goodspeed.org.
"Dedicated to the preservation and advancement of musical theatre," Goodspeed Musicals produces three musicals each season at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT, and additional productions at The Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, CT, "which was opened in 1984 for the development of new musicals."
Goodspeed is the first regional theatre to receive two Tony Awards for outstanding achievement. The company maintains The Scherer Library of Musical Theatre and The Max Showalter Center for Education in Musical Theatre.
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