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Mack & Mabel

Jerry Herman, Michael Stewart, Leonard Spigelgass

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  5f, 10m

Based on an idea by Leonard Spigelglass
Book by Michael Stewart
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman

A True Love Story of Mack, Mabel, and the Movies.

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5f, 10m
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Accolades
Accolades
  • Nominated! 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, 1975
Description
This is a saga of the silent film era "when movies were movies", the story of legendary director Mack Sennett and his greatest star, the adorable Mabel Normand. It is told in flashback by Mack himself as the protagonist narrator, a broken man, made obsolete by talkies, bankrupt and forced to sell his studio, he reminisces about the past, recalling his triumphs and his turbulent love affair with Mabel whom he had discovered and made a star. He loves her, but cannot tell her, sending her into the arms of a rival who feeds her drugs. 

Now available in a revised version that contains changes made for the London revival that won the Evening Standard's coveted Drama Award for Best Musical
History
Mack & Mabel was first presented on Broadway by David Merrick at the Majestic Theatre in New York City on October 6, 1974. It was directed by Gower Champion.

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Setting:

1911-1938. The Sennett Studios; The Brooklyn Studio; Mack's Office, Brooklyn; Los Angeles; The Orchid Room of the Hollywood Hotel; A Pier, New York; "Vitagraph Varieties of 1929" and more

Casting

5f, 10m
Cast Attributes
MACK SENNET - baritone
MABEL NORMAND - mezzo-soprano
FRANK WYMAN - baritone
LOTTIE AMES - mezzo-soprano
WILLIAM DESMOND TAYLOR
MR. KLEIMAN
EDDIE
ELLA
CHARLIE
FRED

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19 Piano/vocal Scores 

Reed I (Piccolo, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Clarinet)
Reed II (Flute, Alto Saxophone, Clarinet)
Reed III (Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet)
Reed IV (Flute, Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet)
Horn
Trumpets I & II
Trumpet III
Trombone I
Trombone II
Guitar (Electric and Banjo)
Drums/Percussion (3 books)
Violins ABC (3 books)
Violas
Cello
Bass

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"Mr. Herman has the common touch, a gift for melodies familiar and memorable...A musical in the old and true tradition." - The New York Times

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Overture
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Movies Are Movies
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Look What Happened to Mabel
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Big Time
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I Won't Send Roses
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I Wanna Make the World Laugh
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Wherever He Ain't
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Hundreds of Girls
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When Mabel Comes in the Room
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My Heart Leaps Up
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Time Heals Everything
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Tap Your Troubles Away
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I Promise You a Happy Ending
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Authors

Jerry Herman

Hello, Dolly!, Mame, and La Cage Aux Folles are home to some of the most popular, most-often performed and most successful musical hero(in)es of all time, and have given Jerry Herman the distinction of being the only composer/lyricist in history to have had three musicals that ran more t ...

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Michael Stewart

Michael Stewart (1924-1987) scored on Broadway the first time when he won a Tony Award for his Bye Bye Birdie libretto. He was the librettist for Carnival (Drama Critics Circle Award) and Hello, Dolly!, which earned him both a Tony and Drama Critics prize. Stewart also wrote the lyrics for ...

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Leonard Spigelgass

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