Lyric Stage presented Jerry Herman’s MAME in concert, January 26-29, 2017 in the Irving Arts Center’s Carpenter Performance Hall. The production featured the Lyric Stage Orchestra playing Philip J. Lang’s original Broadway orchestrations.
“Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!” That’s the motto of Mame Dennis, one of musical theater’s all-time greatest heroines, in Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee’s brassy, tuneful, hilarious and touching adaptation of Patrick Dennis’s bestseller, Auntie Mame. With spirit, humor, class and wit, Mame teaches her young nephew Patrick to savor every moment of life. Jerry Herman’s celebrated score includes the rousing title number, plus “Open a New Window,” “If He Walked into My Life,” “We Need a Little Christmas,” “Bosom Buddies” and “That’s How Young I Feel.”
Theatre World Award winner and Lyric Stage favorite Julie Johnson returned to Lyric Stage to play Mame Dennis. Julie played Dolly Levi, Jerry Herman’s other larger than life leading lady, in Lyric Stage’s HELLO, DOLLY!. Christopher Sanders, Emile De Becque in Lyric Stage’s SOUTH PACIFIC was Beauregard J.P. Burnside. The supporting cast included Daron Cockerell as Agnes Gooch, Trevor Martin as Patrick Dennis, Vahn Phollurxa as Ito, Amy Mills as Vera Charles and Deborah Brown as Mother Burnside.
Other supporting roles and members of the ensemble were played by Kylie Arnold, Tyler Jeffrey Adams, John Avant III, Stephen Bates, Jill Baker, Chapman Blake, Tina Thompson-Broussard, Sarah Caldwell, Noelle Chesney, Shannon Conboy, Doug Fowler, Jocelyn Hansen, Joshua Hughes, Quintin Jones, Jr., Mary Jerome, David Meglino, Susan Metzger, Michael McMillan, Jonathan McInnis, Brigitte Reinke, Neil Rogers, Will Shafer, Lucy Shea, Jonathan Speegle, Andrew Surrena, John Wenzel and James Williams.
Lyric Stage music director Jay Dias conducted the Lyric Stage Orchestra with direction and choreography by Penny Ayn Maas.
Performances were January 26, 27 and 28 @ 7:30 PM and January 28 and 29 @ 2:30 PM.