Emily Skinner Cast as Gooch in Kennedy Center Mame

Emily Skinner has been cast in the Kennedy Center production of Mame, which will offer up its banquet beginning February 18th, 2006; it will run through March 26th.

Skinner is the third Broadway performer of the three who have been announced for the Jerry Herman musical; she joins Christine Baranski (The Real Thing, Rumors, Sweeney Todd at the Kennedy Center, "Cybill") in the title role and Max von Essen (Les Miserables, Dance of the Vampires) as older Patrick. Skinner will take on the role of Gooch, who turns from mousy to pregnant after "living" on Mame's advice. Mame will be helmed by Eric Schaeffer, who directed Putting It Together on Broadway and is a fixture of Washington, D.C. musical theatre.

The story of a boy's loving but complex relationship with his unconventional aunt, Mame was first adapted by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee from Patrick Dennis' 1955 fictionalized memoir into a hit play starring Rosalind Russell (who also starred in the film version). Lawrence and Lee, with Herman, refashioned the piece into a musical in 1966, and it starred Angela Lansbury. She, Beatrice Arthur and Frankie Michaels all won Tonys, and the show was nominated for five others, including Best Musical. The musical was then turned into another film starring Lucille Ball, and an ill-fated 1983 Broadway revival that also starred Lansbury folded in a little after a month.

Skinner received a Tony Award nomination for her star-making performance as Daisy Hilton in Side Show. Other New York credits include Dinner at Eight, The Full Monty, James Joyce's The Dead, My Life with Albertine, and Jekyll & Hyde. She recently toured in the Disney revue On the Record, and also appeared as Ursula in the workshop of The Little Mermaid. Skinner previously appeared at the Kennedy Center in productions of Company, Merrily We Roll Along and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

The Kennedy Center's upcoming season will also feature touring productions of Wicked (Dec. 21st 2005-Jan. 15th 2006) and Little Women (June 27th-July 23rd 2006), a new production of Frank Gilroy's The Subject Was Roses (Jan. 7th-29th 2006), the continued residency of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the premiere of Don DeLillo's new play Love-Lies-Bleeding (June 17th-26th 2006).

Mame tickets will go onsale to the general public on November 7th. Visit www.kennedy-center.org for more information.

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