Photo Flash: First Look at Porchlight Revisits... MACK AND MABEL, Continuing Tonight
Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber present the final production in the second season of Chicago's hit "lost" musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits... Mack and Mabel, featuring book by Michael Stewart (Bye, Bye Birdie, 42nd Street) and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman (Hello Dolly!, Mame) with direction by Michael Weber, music direction by Beckie Menzie and musical staging by Tammy Mader. Mack and Mable is presented for two-nights-only, last night, May 12 and tonight, May 13, on the set of Porchlight's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (April 17 - May 24) at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below!
Mack and Mabel, nominated for eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, is set at the time when movies were silent and cinema was magic. Movie director Mack Sennett, "King of Comedy" and creator of "The Keystone Kops," discovers Mabel Normand, a waitress from Brooklyn, and turns her into a silent comedy star. So begins one of the most tempestuous of American love stories. With a spectacular, soaring score, Mack and Mabel is a beautiful, touching and ultimately heart-breaking story of two of Hollywood's greatest icons featuring the songs "I Won't Send Roses," "Time Heals Everything" "Tap Your Troubles Away" and "Movies Were Movies."
Porchlight Revisits...Mack and Mabel stars Jason Richards as "Mack Sennett," Dana Tretta as "Mabel Normand" and Tammy Mader as "Lottie Ames." The ensemble includes Larry Baldachi, Zach Drane, Kim Green, Jim Heatherly, Amanda Newman, Anthony Norman, Lindsay Loretta Prerost, Ed Rutherford, Jenna Shoppe and Tommy William Thurston.
Tickets for Mack and Mabel are $30 and include access to the popular pre-performance event, Behind the Show Backstory starting at 7:15 p.m. and the staged reading of Mack and Mabel starting at 8 p.m. Single tickets to Mack and Mabel are available at porchlightmusictheatre.org or by calling the Stage 773 box office, 773.327.5252.
Photo Credit: Jenna Moran