The musical version of the hit Broadway comedy Auntie Mame opened May 24, 1966, at the Broadhurst Theatre.
New York Times reviewer Stanley Kauffmann deemed it "a splendidly splashy production" and predicted it would run as long its non-musical counterpart. In fact, Mame went on to play twice as long, enjoying a four-year run of 1,508 performances.
At the 1966 Tonys, the production received eight nominations, including Best Musical. For her starring role, Angela Lansbury took home her first Tony, and Bea Arthur earned an award for her featured performance. Eleven-year-old Frankie Michaels won a Tony for his performance as young Patrick Dennis; he still holds the record as the youngest winner in Tony Award history.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.