Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Book by Jerome Lawrence, Robert Edwin Lee
Based on the novel, Auntie Mame, by Patrick Dennis
Mame Dennis is a larger-than-life personality living the high life in the Roaring Twenties in New York City. Patrick, her orphaned 10-year-old nephew, comes to live with her and she introduces him to an eccentric lifestyle and madcap cast of characters. When the stock market crashes and Mame loses her fortune, she tries, with comically disastrous results, to find a job for the first time in her life, but perseveres with humor and style. Jerry Herman's delightful score is packed with musical favorites "Bosom Buddies," "We Need a Little Christmas," "Open a New Window," "Mame," and more. Brimming with optimism and zest, Mame will make you laugh while warming your heart!
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MAME BACKSTAGE TOUR
Friday, March 24, 2017, 11am and 2:00pm
Get an entertaining, story-filled tour backstage and see the set designs and props up close. Meet some of the talented people that make it all happen. Learn more about how the shows are created and brought to life on stage. The tours last roughly one hour, the cost is $5 per person / Free for Members ($100 or more).
MAME BACKSTAGE ACCESS COURSE
This adult theatre course will look at one of the classic plays from the American stage and one of the most famous characters found in American musicals. As with other musicals adapted from plays and films, we will explore the source material for Mame as well as the various casting choices over the years incorporating such names as Angela Lansbury, Lucille Ball, and Elaine Stritch. Costumes will be a highlight of the discussion as we examine the costume design and build processes taking place here at Riverside. There will be guest speakers from the production and creative team.
Photos coming soon.
IN THE NEWS
News posts and review coming soon when show opens.
*Members of the Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
Mark Banik* (Older Patrick Dennis) is stoked to be here at the Riverside Theatre. Most recently he appeared in Waterwell Theatre Co.'s Blueprint Specials, a collaboration bringing veterans and artists together to stage Frank Loesser's lost military musicals on the Intrepid battleship. Theater: Beautiful (1st Nat'l Tour), Brightness of Heaven (Cherry Lane), Wizard of Wall St. (Waterwell). Love to Mom, Dad, X, and Chicago @mark.banik
Jordan Beall (Ensemble) is thrilled to be doing his second show at Riverside Theatre after the recently concluded Chicago! Originally from Odessa, Texas, Jordan graduated from Oklahoma City University with his BPA in Dance Performance. He has gathered many regional performance credits: Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma: Oklahoma! (Tom), Big Fish (Zacky Price), Mary Poppins, Billy Elliot (Older Billy), The Drowsy Chaperone (Robert Martin), and The Wizard of Oz (Tin Man). He can also be seen in the well- known T.V. series “Medium” and “Ghost Whisperer.” Jordan would like to thank his family and friends for the continual love and support. Enjoy the show!
Gail Bennett* (Sally Cato) performed the title role in Mary Poppins (First National Tour and Regional Premiere) and Usherette/Lick-me Bite-me in the Las Vegas and Hollywood Bowl companies of The Producers. Other favorites: My Fair Lady opposite Tony winner Jefferson Mays (Eliza), The Sound of Music opposite Rex Smith (Maria), The Drowsy Chaperone with Sally Struthers (Janet), The Music Man opposite Davis Gaines (Marian), Tangled (Mother Gothel), Hello, Dolly! (Irene), Sunset Boulevard (Betty), White Christmas (Betty), NINE (Claudia), Annie Get Your Gun (Annie), Cats (Jellylorum), Starlight Express (Dinah). TV: “Law and Order: SVU”, “Jon Benjamin Has a Van,” “The Tonight Show.” www.gailbennettonline.com
Amanda Brantley* (Ensemble) is excited to be making her Riverside debut! National/Int’l Tours: Dirty Dancing (Vivian Pressman), Barbie LIVE! (u/s Barbie), Burlesque to Broadway (Gracie). Regional: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Sarah), Carousel (Arminy), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, West Side Story. CAP21 graduate. Endless love and thanks to family and friends for the unconditional support. www.amanda-brantley.com @acbrantley
Jim Brochu* (Dwight Babcock) is the only actor in America to win the New York Drama Desk Award, Washington DC’s Helen Hayes Award, Los Angeles Ovation Award and the Florida Carbonell Award, all for Best Actor in a Play. The play was Zero Hour in which Jim portrayed the great Zero Mostel for over 650 performances. He’s appeared on Broadway in Brigadoon opposite Christine Ebersole and Len Cariou as well as Oliver! with Brian Stokes Mitchell. In Washington, DC he was Willy Clark to Theodore Bikel’s Al Lewis in Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys. Recently, Jim starred on Broadway in Broadway Backwards at New York’s famed Palace Theatre as well as starring in the Off-Broadway revivals of The Man Who Came To Dinner as Sheridan Whiteside and as Sir in The Roar of the Greasepaint; The Small of the Crowd. His website is Jimbrochu.com
Michael Peter Deeb* (Ensemble, Jr. Babcock) is thrilled to return to Riverside Theatre, where he was last seen as a dancing waiter in Hello, Dolly! National Tours: A Chorus Line (Mike), Young Frankenstein (Swing). Regional favorites: West Side Story (Snowboy, Ogunquit Playhouse), Young Frankenstein (Dance Captain/Assistant Choreographer, MTWest; Ensemble, Gateway/Ogunquit Playhouse), A Chorus Line (Mike/Bobby - NBFT/Crest Theatre), The Wizard of Oz (Northern Stage). A proud Buffalo, NY native, Michael holds a BFA in Dance from the University at Buffalo. Proud member of AEA. Thanks to Jimmy, Wojcik/Seay, and MSA! Endless love to family, fiancé Eric, and Koko! For Gramma.
Nicolas de la Vega (Ensemble) is originally from Hoboken, NJ and trained in New York City at the Joffrey Ballet School and the School of American Ballet. Off Broadway: The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Regional: Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Gateway/Ogunquit Playhouse). National Tour: Saturday Night Fever. Dance: North Carolina Dance Theatre, Los Angeles Ballet, Ballet Next. Big thanks to MSA Agency. All the love to my family and friends. Instagram: @nicolasddelavega
George Dvorsky* (Beauregard Jackson) Broadway credits include the title role in The Scarlet Pimpernel, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Passion, Marilyn: An American Fable and The Best Little Whorehouse… Off-Broadway: The Fantasticks, Closer Than Ever, Pete N Kelley, Dames at Sea and ‘And The World Goes Round. George starred in the NYC Premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella as Prince Charming at Lincoln Center. On PBS he was featured in “Passion: Live At Lincoln Center” starring Patti LuPone and starred with Bea Arthur and the Boston Pops in “Bernstein’s Broadway”. His solo CDs are available on the JAY Records label. www.georgedvorsky.net
Dan Fenaughty* (M. Lindsey Woolsey) is honored to be making his Riverside Debut! Recent Credits: Two of Us (Access Theater - original cast), Anything Goes (Stages St. Louis), Camelot (Westchester Broadway), Addams Family (Forestburgh Playhouse), The 39 Steps (Ivoryton Playhouse), God of Carnage (Weathervane Theatre), Damn Yankees (Ozark Actors Theater). Films: Gutboy: a bad time story. Thanks to all involved with this production, family for their support and Larissa for her love. www.danfenaughty.com
Joseph Fierberg* (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his Riverside debut! National/International tours: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Elf the musical. Regional: Chasing Rainbows (Goodspeed); West Side Story (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), as well as various roles in productions at the Fulton Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Maine State Music Theatre, Theatre By The Sea, Syracuse Stage, and Playhouse on Park. Proud Syracuse University graduate. Endless thanks to the cast and crew, the folks at Riverside, and, most of all, my family.
Bergman Freedman (Young Patrick Dennis) is thrilled to make his Regional Debut at the Riverside Theatre with a brilliant cast, crew, and production team. Thanks to Barry Kolker and Alice & Abby, Wojcik-Seay Casting, A Class Act NY, Joffrey Ballet School & BDC. Alan, Bruce, Doris, Jenni and Martin Landry for inspiring me. Love to mom and dad for their guidance and encouragement, brilliant and hysterical brother Harry for the laughter and wisdom, Grandma, Zayde, JoAnne & George & the Dattomas for their relentless support. Papa, Pam & Nana Harriet are watching from above. My friends & family are all part of this extraordinary voyage.
Carl Hsu* (Ito) is thrilled to be making his Riverside debut in Mame. He was last seen with the amazing Michele Ragusa singing the Chinese version of "My Mammy" in John W Engeman Theatre's production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. His other credits include Sarah Ruhl's The Oldest Boy (benefit reading, Central Square Theatre), Anything Goes (North Shore Music Theatre), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Ogunquit Playhouse) and many more. Fluent in Mandarin, Carl is the official Chinese voice of STAPLES Global Easy Button. Many thanks to his loving family for their support. MFA in Musical Theatre (the Boston Conservatory).
Nick Locilento*(Mr. Upson) Riverside Theater Debut! National Tours: Grand Hotel, 42nd Street. Off-Broadway: Smudge, Sparky and Frankie in Forever Plaid, Shorty McGee in Oh Kay! for Musicals Tonight! Regional: The Baker in Into The Woods (Cohoes Music Hall) Mayor Dawgmeat in Li'l Abner (Goodspeed Opera House) and My Fair Lady (Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arkansas Repertory, Cleveland Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Virginia Stage Company, Trinity Repertory Company). Proud Member of Actors' Equity since 1991.
Corinne Melançon* (Vera Charles) is delighted to be making her Riverside Theatre debut! Her Broadway credits include an 11-year run in Mamma Mia! where she played both Donna and Tanya, Kiss Me Kate, Jekyll & Hyde, Big, A Christmas Carol, My Fair Lady, and Me & My Girl. Corinne has also performed at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and Rainbow & Stars and toured internationally in Grand Hotel. She appears on film as Lady Beaconsfield/Guinevere in Jekyll & Hyde. Favorite regional credits include The Chaperone in The Drowsy Chaperone, Mother Superior in Sister Act, Judith in Hay Fever, Velma in Chicago and Mona in Dames at Sea.
Jeremy James Miranda* (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back at Riverside for Mame! He was last seen in Riverside's production of Hello Dolly! Bway/Off-Bway workshops: Golden Lotus (Broadway Asia), Bunty Berman Presents (Off-Bway). Regional: Tink! The Musical (NYMF), Mary Poppins (Ogunquit), Cats (CMH), A Chorus Line (NBFT). Concert Dance: Shen Wei Dance Arts, Brooklyn Ballet. Cruiseline: Norwegian, Disney. Las Vegas: Jubilee! Corporate: Speedo, Sony PlayStation, Transitions Lenses. TV: “Smash”, “Gossip Girl,” “Orange Is The New Black,” “The Blacklist,” “The Following,” “Law & Order SVU,” “Blue Bloods.” BFA: University of Florida. Special thanks to LCD Artist Rep, Wojcik/Seay Casting and James Brennan. www.jeremyjamesmiranda.com
Michele Ragusa* (Mame Dennis) is thrilled to be returning to The Riverside stage, and teaming up again with Jimmy Brennan, after her debut last Spring as Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly! Broadway: Young Frankenstein; Urinetown; Ragtime; Titanic; A Class Act; Cyrano. Off Broadway: Adrift In Macao (Primary Stages- Lortel/Drama League nom/Barrymore Award); Titanic-20th Anniversary Concert – Lincoln Center; Craving For Travel. Regional Credits: Funny Thing/Forum; King and I; Spamalot; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Gypsy; Sweeney Todd; Boeing, Boeing; Annie; Noises Off; Lend/Tenor; Singing/Rain; Into The Woods; Kiss Me Kate; Drowsy Chaperone; Mary Poppins; Guys and Dolls; The Cottage; The Full Monty. Headlines with Symphonies across the country. www.micheleragusa.com/@MRagusaNYC
Spencer Ramirez (Ensemble, Ralph Devine) began his training in the DC-Metropolitan area studying every style of dance that was available as well as being a part of the competition dance world. He went on to train at the Maryland Youth Ballet, the Kirov Ballet School, the Houston Ballet, and eventually the Juilliard School. He started his professional career with the Mark Morris Dance Group in Brooklyn where he traveled around the world both performing and teaching. He's also performed with Malashock Dance and BODYTraffic in Los Angeles. He now resides in NYC where he continues to train and continue to expand his horizons as a dancer and artist and is signed with McDonald Selznick Associates (MSA).
Stacey Scotte* (Mrs. Upson) has found a niche it seems, playing mothers of fiancées; most recently she portrayed Mme Dindon in Goodspeed’s production of La Cage aux Folles. Off-Broadway credits include: Strictly Personal; Eat the Runt; Boobs! The Musical; The Morning After/The Night Before. Other regional favorites (Sacramento Music Circus, Florida Studio Theatre, Florida Rep) include: August: Osage County; I Love You, You’re Perfect; Ruthless!; Hairspray; Absurd Person Singular; and Company. Television appearances include: “30 Rock,” “The Practice,” “Unsolved Mysteries,” “Zoobilee Zoo,” “The Gong Show.” Film credits include Julie & Julia, Me & Will, and Judy’s Child, set to stream on Comcast’s Streampix.
Jennifer Seifter (Ensemble) is absolutely thrilled to be returning to Riverside Theatre after performing in Hello Dolly! last season. National Tour: Memphis (White Teen Girl). Regional favorites: Ali, Sophie u/s in Mamma Mia (John W. Engeman Theatre), Zaneeta in The Music Man and Alice in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (The Little Theatre on the Square), Cats (Rumpleteazer), and multiple contracts aboard Disney Cruise Line (Swing/Dance Captain). BFA: NYU/Tisch. Proud to join AEA with this production! A huge thanks to Wojick/Seay Casting and Jimmy for keeping me employed, Eddie Rabon at Take 3 Talent, the entire cast and crew of Riverside Theatre, and Mamma Trish who never fails to miss a show!
Celia Tackaberry* (Madame Branislowski, Mother Burnside) At the Riverside Theatre: Debut Other Theatres: Broadway: Sweet Charity, dir. Bob Fosse; A Day in Hollywood and a Night in the Ukraine, dir. Tommy Tune. Off-Broadway: Transport Group's The Audience and Jewish Rep's The Cocoanuts. National Tours: My Fair Lady, The Music Man, and Sweet Charity. Regional Theatre: The Women and Animal Crackers at Arena Stage; Anything Goes at St. Louis Rep; Crazy for You and Singin' in the Rain at Ogunquit Playhouse; Animal Crackers at The Denver Center and Goodspeed.
Laura E. Taylor* (Agnes Gooch) is thrilled to make her debut at Riverside in Mame! She also appeared in Mame at the Kennedy Center and in the National Tours of Disney’s Beauty and The Beast and Oklahoma! Other favorite credits include: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Mille), The Drowsy Chaperone (Janet), A Wonderful Life (Violet), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Christine), Cinderella (Joy), Anything Goes (Erma), The Marvelous Wonderettes (Missy) Noises Off! (Brooke) and The Producers (Ulla). Many thanks to Gayle Seay and Harden Curtis Associates for their continued support! Laura is a proud Equity member and founder of Acting Strengths. www.actingstrengths.com
Elizabeth Troxler (Ensemble) is thrilled to be performing at Riverside Theatre in Mame. National Tour: Sweet Charity. NYC: Peter & the Wolf. Regional: Beauty & the Beast (ASF), Anything Goes, CATS, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Wizard of Oz. Concert Dance: Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland, Don Quioxte. Thanks and love to my amazing family, precious friends and beautiful Savior!
Chelsea Turbin* (Ensemble, Gloria) is overjoyed to be back in her sunny home state and making her Riverside Theatre debut! She was previously seen with the International Tour of Green Day's American Idiot. Regional: Thoroughly Modern Millie (The MUNY), High School Musical, A Little Night Music (Seaside Music Theater). TV: “The Perfect Murder” (Investigation Discovery). BFA from The Boston Conservatory, credits include 42nd Street and Strike up the Band (Anne). Thanks and love to Meg & Katie, Wojcik/Seay, the Meerkats, and this wonderful cast!
Stéphanie Visconti (Ensemble) is a recent Musical Theatre graduate from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Her recent performances include the Big Ticket Summer Concert in Toronto and Lincoln Center’s Holiday Songbook Concert. She also received the silver medal at the International Dance Organization’s World Tap Dance Championships in Germany. Stéphanie would like to thank the Riverside Theatre for this opportunity as well as her parents for all their love and support.
Scarlett Walker* (Ensemble) Regional: Oklahoma! (Ensemble/The Muny), Les Miserables (Cosette US/Ensemble, Red Mt. Theatre Company), La Cage Aux Folles (Cagelle, Red Mt. Theatre Company). Scarlett is a native of Birmingham, AL, and a recent graduate of the University of Alabama with a BA in Theatre. Thank you to my family for always being my biggest fans. Roll Tide!
Andrea Weinzierl* (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her Riverside debut in her favorite Jerry Herman show, Mame. She actually played the title role her senior year of High School and won the Gene Kelly Award for “Best Actress” in Pittsburgh! A graduate of Point Park University for Musical Theatre. Nat’l Tour: A Chorus Line (Lois) Off-Broadway: Funny Face. Pittsburgh CLO: 42nd Street, Seven Brides…Brothers (Dorcas). Pittsburgh Public: Guys and Dolls. Pittsburgh Musical Theatre: Young Frankenstein (Elizabeth), The Little Mermaid (Ursula). Currently working on the new Netflix Series “Mindhunter”. Proud member of AEA. Thanks to the Hyrbid Agency. “It’s Today!”
Zach Williams* (Ensemble, Leading Man) is thrilled to be making his Riverside Theatre debut! Favorite credits include the world premieres of Josephine (Asolo Rep) and Chasing Rainbows (Flat Rock Playhouse) as well as regional productions of Billy Elliot, The Will Rogers Follies (Maltz Jupiter), and Dick McGann in Street Scene. Zach would like to thank his friends, family, and mentors for all their love and support! Also a special dedication to my aunt, I would not be where I am today without you. www.zachforesterwilliams.com
Peter Wixon (Peter Dennis) is thrilled to make his professional debut at Riverside Theatre! Peter attends eighth grade at Gifford Middle School and is a lifelong resident of Vero Beach. He performed last summer on the Stark Stage as Evan Goldman in Riverside Children’s Theatre’s production of 13 The Musical, and has been in more than 20 RCT shows, including Into the Woods Jr. (Rapunzel’s Prince); Peter Pan Jr. (Michael); and Winnie the Pooh Jr. (Christopher Robin). Special thanks to RCT instructors Kevin and Debbie Quillinan, Adam Schnell and Angelo Cerniglia for all their support and dedication.
Director, Choreographer / James Brennan
Music Director / Anne Shuttlesworth
Scenic Designer / Cliff Simon
Lighting Designer / Julie Duro
Costume & Wig Designer / Kurt Alger
Sound Designer / Craig Beyrooti
Casting / Wojcik | Seay Casting
Stage Manager / Mark Johnson*
Assistant Stage Manager / Amy M. Bertacini*