Photo Coverage: Mame Opening Night at the Kennedy Center

Mame, starring Christine Baranski as the glamorous aunt of the title, opened at the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theatre on June 1st after beginning previews on May 27th. The show will run through July 2nd.

Directed by Eric Schaeffer, the classic 1966 musical--with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and a book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee--will also star
Harriet Harris as has-been actress Vera Charles, Max von Essen as older Patrick, Jeff McCarthy as southern gentleman Beauregard Jackson Picket Burnside, Emily Skinner as timid secretary Agnes Gooch and Alan Muraoka as Ito, as well as Harrison Chad as Young Patrick, Ed Dixon as Lindsay Woolsey/Uncle Jeff, Michael L. Forrest as Babcock, Ruth Gottschall as Doris Upson/Madame B., Ethan Langsdorf-Willoughby as Peter, Mary Stout as Mother Burnside, and Harry A. Winter as Claude Upson.
Mame "follows the whirlwind adventures of an unconventional aunt and her nephew with a rogue's gallery of memorable characters -- plus encounters with proper society," state press notes.

Mame plays Tuesday-Sunday evenings at 7:30 PM with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 PM. Tickets, which range from $25 to $90, can be ordered by calling (202) 467-4600 or (800) 444-132. Visit for more information.

Photos by Linna Martel

Christine Baranski (Mame Dennis-Burnside)

Jerry Herman and Max von Essen (Patrick Dennis)

Harriet Harris (Vera Charles) and Max von Essen

Alan Muraoka (Ito)

Tory Ross (Cousin Fan), Ethan Langsdorf-Willoughby (Peter Dennis) and Max von Essen

A caricature depicting Mame's circle of friends and family was presented to Jerry Herman (Composer/Lyricist) and James Moore (Music Director/Conductor), with Erin Crouch (Swing/Dance Captain), Jeffry Denman and Kevin Worley (Swing) looking on

Warren Carlyle (Choreographer), showing off the illustration to the other party goers, squeezed in between James Moor and Eric Schaeffer (Director)

Max von Essen with his Mom, Dad and niece Rita

Photos by Christopher Recker

Suzanne Hylenski (Ensemble) and Peter Hylenski (sound designer)

Harrison Chad (young Patrick), Sarah Jane Everman (Gloria Upson, Ensemble), and Max von Essen

Melissa Rae Mahon (Pegeen, Ensemble) and Chad L. Shiro (Gregor, Ensemble)

Michael Buchanan (Ensemble), Eric Schaeffer, Alan Muraoka, James Patterson (Ensemble)

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