Original Mame Cast Gathers for 50th Anniversary Reunion Today

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Tony-winning actress Angela Lansbury leads a salute to the Jerry Herman musical.
<b>Angela Lansbury in <i>Mame</i></b>
Angela Lansbury in Mame

Angela Lansbury, the Tony-winning original star of the 1966 Broadway musical Mame, is scheduled to host a 50th anniversary reunion of the surviving cast members May 26 at Sardi's theatrical restaurant near Times Square.

The show's original associate producer, John Bowab, is coordinating the reunion with choreographer Diana Baffa, who has directed and choreographed productions of Mame throughout the world. The event is private and not open to the public.

The musical has a book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, based on the 1955 novel Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis and a 1956 Broadway play of the same title, by Lawrence and Lee, that starred Rosalind Russell. The musical adaptation opened on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre May 24, 1966. Three years later, it transferred to the Broadway Theatre, where it remained until closing on January 3, 1970, running a total of 1,508 performances and five previews. The show was filmed with Lucille Ball as Mame.

Along with Lansbury, the original Broadway cast included Bea Arthur as Vera Charles, Frankie Michaels as young Patrick, Jane Connell as Agnes Gooch, Charles Braswell as Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside, Jerry Lanning as older Patrick, Sab Shimono as Ito and Willard Waterman as Dwight Babcock, some of whom have passed away in the intervening years.

Lansbury won the 1966 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, but the show lost the Best Musical award to Man of La Mancha.

(Updated May 26, 2016)

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