Mame

Musical by Jerry Herman, with book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee, based on their stage adaptation of the novel Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis.

Auntie Mame the Play - Original West End London Production 1958 with Beatrice Lillie

Mame the Musical - Original West End London Production 1969 with Ginger Rogers

Jerry Herman's West End credits include La Cage aux Folles, Hello Dolly!, Mack and Mabel, and the musical compilation The Best of Times: The Showtunes of Jerry Herman.


Auntie Mame (original play)

Opened 10 September 1958, Closed 30 May 1959 at the Adelphi Theatre

Play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee, based on the novel Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis.

The cast featured Beatrice Lillie as 'Mame' and Florence Desmond as 'Vera', with David Bird as 'Dwight Babcock', Jacqueline Ellis as 'Gloria Upson', Rosamund Greenwood as 'Agnes Gooch', John Hall as 'Young Patrick', Dinsdale Landen as 'Older Patrick', Natalie Lynn as 'Mother Burnside', Jill Melford as 'Pegeen Ryan', John A Tinn as 'Ito', Geoffrey Toone as 'Beauregard', and Gerald Welch as 'M. Lindsay Woolsey'.

Directed by Jack Minster, based on the original Broadway production directed by Morton Da Costa, with designs by Oliver Smith.


Mame the Musical

Previewed 10 February 1969, Opened 20 February 1969, Closed 14 March 1970 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

The cast featured Ginger Rogers as 'Mame Dennis', Margaret Courtenay as 'Vera Charles', and Ann Beach as 'Agnes Gooch', with Gary Warren as 'Young Patrick', Brian Jackson as 'M. Lindsay Woolsey', Burt Kwouk as 'Ito', Guy Spaull as 'Dwight Babcock', Sheila Keith as 'Madame Branislowski'/'Mrs Upson'/'Mother Burnside', Barry Kent as 'Beauregard', Tony Adams as 'Older Patrick', Julia McKenzie as 'Gloria Upson', Jill Howard as 'Pegeen Ryan', Gerald Davis as 'Peter Dennis', Chris Dyson as 'Bishop', Ted Gilbert as 'Uncle Jeff', Carolyn Gray as 'Dance Teacher', Bruce Hams as 'Messenger', Norman Macleod as 'Mr Upson', George May as 'Elevator Boy', John Raymon as 'Gregor', Wallace Stephenson as 'Doorman', Eve Tunstall as 'Cousin Fan', Ken Walsh as 'Junior Babcock', Betty Winsett as 'Art Model'/'Sally Cato', Victor Woolf as 'Stage Manager', David Wright as 'Ralph Devine'/'Leading Man', Bernice Adams, Annie Bee, Shelia Coxhill, Alison Ingram, Wendy Lampard, Honor Lewis, Mary Murphy, Eva Tunstall, Lindybeth Wiles, Roy Durbin, Chris Dyson, Brian Edwards, Franklin Fox, Ted Gilbert, Bruce Harris, George May, Donald McLennan, Rhys Nelson, and Alan Page.

Directed by Lawrence Kasha, from the original by Gene Saks, with choreography by Onna White, sets by William Eckhart and Jean Eckhart, costumes by Robert Mackintosh, and lighting by Tharon Musser.

The role of 'Mame Dennis' was played by Ginger Rogers for the entire run, apart from a two week holiday when the role was played by Juliet Prowse (from Monday 1 to Saturday 13 September 1969).

There was no performance of the musical on Monday 10 November 1969 due to the entire cast appearing that evening at the Royal Variety Show, held at the London Palladium, in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen, and the Duke of Edinburgh. The RVS was filmed and broadcast on ITV on Sunday 16 November 1969. Held in aid of the Variety Artistes' Benevolent Fund, the cast performed the title song 'Mame', which closed the first half of the RVS.