Jessie Mueller's B'way Understudy Nabs the Lead in New U.K Mack & Mabel

News   Jessie Mueller's B'way Understudy Nabs the Lead in New U.K Mack & Mabel
Rebecca LaChance, who recently made her Broadway debut in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical as a featured ensemble member while understudying Jessie Mueller in the title role, is to play Mabel Normand opposite Michael Ball as Mack Sennett in the previously announced new production of Mack & Mabel that will begin performances at Chichester Festival Theatre July 13, prior to an official opening July 21, for a run through September 5.

Following its Chichester run, it will also tour the UK from Oct. 1 to Dec. 6.

Rebecca LaChance
Rebecca LaChance

LaChance's other stage credits include Johnny Baseball, Central Avenue Breakdown and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.

In a press statement, Jonathan Church, Chichester's artistic director who is also directing the show, commented, "Mabel Normand was ‘discovered’ by Mack Sennett and became one of the best loved female film stars of the era. Partly for this reason Michael [Ball] and I always hoped we might cast an emerging young actress to play Mabel. And we are thrilled that Rebecca will follow in the steps of Bernadette Peters and Imelda Staunton who played this role at the beginning of their careers."

Further casting also includes Anna-Jane Casey as Lottie, Jack Edwards as Fatty, Alex Giannini as Mr Kleiman, Gunnar Cauthery as Frank and Mark Inscoe as William Desmond Taylor. The company also includes Michelle Francis, Emily Langham, Rebecca Louis, Joshua Lovell, Joseph Prouse, and Emily Shaw.

Further casting is to be announced.

To book tickets for Chichester, contact the box office on 01243 781312 or visit for more details. For the UK tour and full dates, visit

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