Mame, Starring Louise Pitre as Show Tune-Loving Auntie, Opens at Goodspeed Opera House May 9
By Kenneth Jones
Goodspeed Musicals' new production of the musical Mame, starring Tony Award nominee Louise Pitre, opens May 9 at Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT. The run was recently extended by a week, to July 7.
The revival of the Tony Award-winning Jerry Herman musical, with book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee (based on their play Auntie Mame), began blowing its bugle April 20.
Pitre, the Canadian actress and concert star who was Tony Award-nominated for playing Donna in Mamma Mia! on Broadway, plays the life-embracing Auntie Mame. Read the recent Playbill.com Brief Encounter interview with Pitre.
She is joined by Eli Baker (Young Patrick), James Beaman (Woolsey), Judy Blazer (Vera), Paul Carlin (Babcock), Charles Hagerty (Older Patrick), James Lloyd Reynolds (Beau), Lucas Schultz (Peter), 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 Lawrence & Lee play 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." Read about the original Broadway run of Mame in the Playbill Vault.
Mame is 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 also includes 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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