The original production of the Tony Award-nominated Best Musical Mame, which features a classic score by Jerry Herman, opened May 24, 1966—50 years ago today.
The original Broadway production of Mame starred Tony Award winner Angela Lansbury in the title role. The stage and screen star reprised her performance for the 1983 Broadway revival and is scheduled to attend a reunion of the original cast in New York May 26.
Playbill.com has put together a musical tribute, including performances from the 1966 musical, 1974 film, concert appearances and more, featuring some of the stars who have performed the classic Jerry Herman score.
For more on Mame visit the Playbill Vault.
Lansbury and the cast of Mame performing at the 1975 Tony Awards:
Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur perform “Bosom Buddies":
Lansbury performs "We Need a Little Christmas" in concert (song begins at 7:28 mark):
Audio of Lansbury rehearsing "If He Walked Into My Life":
Leslie Uggams sings "If He Walked Into My Life" at the 1993 concert "Jerry Herman's Broadway at Holiday Bowl" :
Ball's performance of "We Need a Little Christmas" from the 1974 film:
Highlights from Mame at Goodspeed: