Goodspeed's Mame Will Be Played by Mamma Mia! Star Louise Pitre

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Goodspeed Musicals' spring revival of Jerry Herman, Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's Mame will star Louise Pitre, the Canadian actress and concert star who was Tony Award-nominated for playing Donna in Mamma Mia! on Broadway.

Louise Pitre
Louise Pitre Photo by David Leyes

Mame, the tale of a life-embracing woman who exposes her orphaned nephew to the world, begins April 20 at Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT.

In addition to leading the Toronto, Broadway, and U.S. touring company casts of Mamma Mia!, Pitre played Fantine in Les Misérables (Toronto, Montreal, and Paris) and the title character in Edith Piaf. She starred in Annie Get Your Gun; Song & Dance; Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change; Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?; The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd; The Toxic Avenger; and A Year With Frog and Toad. Her concert, La Vie En Rouge, was recorded.

The two-time Tony Award-honored Goodspeed begins its 49th season with Mame,which will play through July 1. 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). Additional casting will be announced.

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"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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