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Neglected Musicals to Present MAME at Hayes Theatre Co

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Neglected Musicals will present MAME at Hayes Theatre Co from Wednesday 5 July. Directed by Richard Carroll, this 1966 Broadway hit will be the first time the musical has been performed on a professional stage since 1968. With the hit songs My Best Girl, It's Today and Mame, the week of presentations will star Virginia Gay as MAME.

Established in 2010, Neglected Musicals presents musical theatre that has never or rarely been seen in Australia. Presented with scripts in hand, and with piano accompaniment after only a day's rehearsal.

"I couldn't wait to get back together with a bunch of the Calamity Jane cast," said Director Richard Carroll. "I'm thrilled to be adding some more incredible actor-comedians to the cast of this presentation. Although the characters of Calamity and Mame are very different, the same thing draws me to both - their rejection of conservatism and conformism, and their bravery in living life outside of society's rules."

Mame is a musical with the book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. Based on the 1955 novel Auntie Mame by PatRick Dennis and a 1956 Broadway play, by Lawrence and Lee, that starred Rosalind Russell. Set in New York City and spanning the Great Depression and World War II, it focuses on eccentric bohemian Mame Dennis, whose famous motto is "Life is a banquet and most poor sons of bitches are starving to death." Her fabulous life with her wealthy friends is interrupted when the young son of her late brother arrives to live with her.

"MAME has always been one of my favorite musicals," said producer Michelle Guthrie. "It's truly Neglected and with a wonderful Jerry Herman score, I can't wait for this cast to get it on its feet."

Previous Neglected Musicals presentations; NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY, GIRL CRAZY, SEE SAW, MY FAVORITE YEAR, SHE LOVES ME, NICK AND NORA, ON THE 20TH CENTURY, LUCKY STIFF, VARIATIONS, SUPERMAN, DEAR WORLD, THE GOODBYE GIRL BABY THE MUSICAL and CALAMITY JANE.

Neglected Musicals is not for profit, where the participants are volunteers. All proceeds from ticket sales fund the next Neglected Musical.

Hayes Theatre Co is a dedicated music theatre and cabaret venue in Potts Point that was formerly the home of the Darlinghurst Theatre Company. Named for Australian musical theatre legend, Nancye Hayes OAM, Hayes Theatre Co honours and builds on the vast history of Australian Musical Theatre and its practitioners. This not-for-profit venue is managed by Independent Music Theatre, a collaborative partnership focusing on providing a permanent home for small-scale musical theatre and cabaret. By providing venue space to newly mounted productions, Hayes Theatre Co, will be a presenting partner together with independent producers and artists. Hayes Theatre Co is made possible through the City of Sydney's Accommodation Grant Program.

Wednesday 5 July at 2pm & 7.30pm

Thursday 6 July at 7.30pm

Friday 7 July at 7.30pm

Saturday 8 July 2pm and 7.30pm

Sunday 9 July at 3pm

at

Hayes Theatre Co, Potts Point

Tickets $46

Bookings via Hayes Theatre Co website

or by calling 02 8065 7337

*cast is subject to change

www.neglectedmusicals.com.au

www.hayestheatre.com.au


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