Mack and Mabel Will Launch Bickford Theatre's "Stage & Screen" Season; Casting Announced

News   Mack and Mabel Will Launch Bickford Theatre's "Stage & Screen" Season; Casting Announced
Jerry Herman's beloved cult, silent-film-era musical Mack and Mabel will launch the 2010-2011 "Stage & Screen" season of the Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ, Sept. 23-Oct. 17.

Eric Hafen will direct and Tony Mansker will choreograph a cast led by Scott McGowen as driven silent-film director Mack Sennett and Larissa Klinger as his comic star and lover, Mabel Normand.

The cast will also feature Abbey Elliot as Lottie Ames, Alan Pagano as Fatty Arbuckle, Daniel Vissers as Frank Wyman, Cailan Robinson as Kessel and others, Graham Keen as Bauman and others, Mark-Alan as Desmond Taylor and others, Johnathon Micheal Hanson as Man 4, Jessica Norland as Ellie and others, Whitney Cooper as Woman 2 and Maggie McVey as Woman 3.

The creative team is set to include music director Michael McAssey, set designer David Esler, lighting designer Roman Klima, properties master Shannon Kirkpatrick and costume designer Keith Schneider.

According to press notes, "This rollicking and romantic musical tells the true story of legendary silent movie director Mack Sennett’s pie-in-the face, Keystone Kops, and Bathing Beauties Hollywood--and Mack’s even wilder love affair with his greatest leading lady, comedienne Mabel Normand. Mack & Mabel takes you on a musically-thrilling roller coaster ride through Jerry Herman’s best score including such blockbuster classics as 'Tap Your Troubles Away,' 'I Wanna Make the World Laugh,' 'Movies Were Movies,' 'I Won’t Send Roses,' and 'Time Heals Everything.'"

The Morris Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown. For tickets call (973) 971-3706 or visit

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