To comply with the overnight directive of the California Department of Public Health and a mandate from the County of Los Angeles, Musical Theatre West has postponed our upcoming production of Mame.
We are currently collaborating with the Carpenter Performing Arts Center to secure new dates in August 2020.
As more information becomes available we will contact you regarding future dates. Exchanges will happen once new dates are announced.
Life’s a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!
“Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!” That’s the motto of Mame Dennis, one of musical theatre’s all-time greatest heroines, in this brassy, tuneful, hilarious and touching adaptation of Patrick Dennis’s bestseller, Auntie Mame. A Roaring Twenties socialite, Mame sets out to teach her orphaned nephew the nature of free living and free thinking, attempting to keep him from the clutches of the uptight world of his late father’s estate executor and, later, his fiancée. One of Jerry Herman’s most celebrated scores, features the classics “Mame,” “Open a New Window,” “If He Walked into My Life,” and “We Need a Little Christmas.”
DENNE & ANNE GOLDSTEIN
Youth Performance Underwriters
DON BLACK &JUDY McNULTY BLACK
RON & SYLVIA HARTMAN
Music and Lyrics
ROBERT EDWIN LEE
2 HOURS, 30 MINUTES
Synopsis: Based off the Novel by Patrick Dennis and the play Auntie Mame by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. Set in New York City, Mame spans the Great Depression and World War II, and focuses on the eccentric bohemian Mame Dennis, whose motto is “Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death.” Her fabulous life with her wealthy friends is interrupted when her nephew arrives to live with her. They cope with the Depression in a series of creative adventures.
Theme: Letting go of your past and standing up for yourself.
Language: A few older curse words such as hussy used. Some derogatory language used.
Smoking, Drinking, and Gambling: There are many cocktail parties, where drinking is involved, bootleggers are mentioned, and characters act hungover.
Sex: Some suggestive language.
Violence: Some characters enter a Speakeasy, nothing overt results.
For Which Audiences? Recommended for 5 th grade and higher due to suggestions of violence.
Rating: If this was a movie, it would be rated PG.
Cast & Crew
Kevin Bailey (Dwight Babcock)
Broadway: original company The Lion King (Scar, also LA Company); Annie Get Your Gun, with Bernadette Peters (Sitting Bull). National Tours: JC Superstar (Pilate); The Fantasticks (El Gallo). Regional: The Grinch in The Grinch... at The Old Globe; 42nd Street (Julian Marsh): Kiss Me Kate (Fred/Petruchio); Miss Saigon (Engineer – Ovation Nomination); title role Jekyll & Hyde. For NCRT in San Diego: Spitfire Grill (Caleb), and Gunmetal Blues (Sam). For Pasadena Playhouse God Looked Away, with Al Pacino and Judith Light. Closer Than Ever (ICT, Long Beach) and “Return To The Forbidden Planet” (Rubicon Theater). As a producer: ANN on Broadway, starring Holland Taylor; Greater Tuna plays with stars Jaston Williams and Joe Sears. Always for James, Nora and Will.
Nichole Beeks (Ensemble)
Nichole is excited to be back at MTW. She just completed a contract with the LA Opera in their world premiere of Eurydice as the dance swing. Select Credits: Frenchie in Cabaret, The Producers (Moonlight), Young Frankenstein (SDMT & 3DT), The Music Man (5 Star & MTW) and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (MTW). Alonzo King Lines Ballet BFA program at Dominican University graduate. Grateful to Paul, Larry, Peggy and Ryan for this incredible opportunity. Much love for my always supportive family and friends.
Calvin Brady (Ensemble)
Calvin is thrilled to be returning to MTW! Last season he was in MTW’s productions of Elf The Musical and Catch Me If You Can. Other regional credits include Elf The Musical (Tuacahn), West Side Story (Moonlight Amphitheater), A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, 42nd Street (3D Theatricals), The Music Man (5 Star Theatricals), The Pride (McCadden Place Theatre), A Chorus Line (Chance Theater), Wedekind’s Spring Awakening, Steel Pier (UCLA), Spring Awakening and I Am My Own Wife (Interlochen Arts Academy). Huge thank you to Steven and everyone at Connor Ankrum. Much love to my friends and family!
Richard Bulda (M. Lindsay Woolsey)
Richard was last seen here as Agent Branton in Catch Me if you Can and the Store Manager in Elf, The Musical. Other MTW credits include Bright Star, Yankee Doodle Dandy, and Big Fish. Last Christmas he reprised his role in Elf for Tuacahn. Other regional credits include 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Macavity in Cats, and Angie the Ox in Guys and Dolls. His opera appearances include Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Arizona Opera, and Dallas Opera. You can also see him in episodes of “Encore!” streaming on Disney+.
James Matthew Campbell (Ensemble)
James Matthew is happy to be back at MTW in this fantastic production of Mame. MTW: Memphis (Mr. Simmons), Mack & Mabel: In Concert (Bauman), Call Me Madam (Congressman Wilkins). Off-Broadway: Forever Plaid (Frankie).
Regional: Seussical! The Musical (Mayor of Whoville), Ragtime (Charles S. Whitman), City Of Angels (Jimmy Powers), Prelude To A Kiss (Peter), Levitation (Joe), Putting It Together, Party Of One, With Relish. Look for James in the upcoming comedy webseries, “The Disappointments”. Follow James on Instagram: @thedisappointmentstv and @jcam1222
Carlin Castellano (Cousin Fan)
Regional: Sister Act (Sister Mary Robert – Performance Riverside), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Moonlight), The Little Mermaid (Ariel – Performance Riverside), Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel – Norris Theatre), Titanic (Moonlight), Les Misérables (Éponine - Performance Riverside), Drowsy Chaperone (Kitty – Performance Riverside), The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy – Moonlight), A Chorus Line (Vicki – MTW), The Will Rogers Follies (Music Theatre of Wichita), Frozen: Live at the Hyperion, Mickey and the Magical Map (Disneyland Resort). Thank you to the artistic team! Galatians 5:22
Quintan Craig (Junior Babcock)
Quintan is honored to be back home with MTW! Recent regional credits include: Ragtime (Ensemble/MTW), 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor/3DT), Something Rotten! (Ensemble/MTW), Grease (Sonny/Studio Tenn). He can be seen as everyone’s favorite reindeer in Frozen: Live at the Hyperion at the Disneyland Resort. Quintan’s voice can be heard on MTI’s recordings of Newsies (Romeo, Jack cover) and Chicago (Billy Flynn). Many thanks to the whole Mame team!Love to the Wyatt and the gang! @quintan_craig
Lauren Decierdo (Mrs. Upson)
Lauren is thrilled to be returning to MTW after last years production of Catch Me If You Can. LA Theatre: The Full Monty (Pam), Joseph…Dreamcoat (Potifer’s Wife), Cats (Cassandra) Aladdin…Wish with Ben Vereen, director-Bonnie Lythgoe/choreographer SYTYCD's Spencer Liff. National Tours/Original Chicago Cast Jersey Boys (Lorraine/Lead Angel). Regional: Pippin (u/s Fastrada-performed, Manson Trio), A Chorus Line (Cassie) Grease (Rizzo). Thank you MTW, Peggy and Larry, the whole creative team, KMR, and my friend Louis. Proud AEA! GOD IS GREAT! Favorite roles: wife to Shawn and mama to Marshall and Claire.
Kelley Dorney (Agnes Gooch)
L.A. theatre includes MTW: Nice Work If You Can Get It (Billie), Carousel (Heavenly Friend); MRE: Lend Me a Tenor (Maggie), First Date (Woman #2-Ovation nom), Singin’ in the Rain (Dora Bailey/Miss Dinsmore – Ovation nom); 3DT: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Phoebe), Oklahoma! (Ado Annie); The Andrews Brothers for ICT; The World Goes Round for Reprise 2.0, and Annie at the Hollywood Bowl. London: PBS Concert: A Tale of Two Cities and original workshop/concept album of Love Never Dies. Thank you Larry, Peggy, Ryan, Bren, Paul, and Julia.
Elizabeth Eden (Gloria Upson)
Elizabeth is happy to return to MTW having previously performed here in Ragtime, Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Arista), Mary Poppins (Miss Lark), My Fair Lady & Les Miserables. Other credits include Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins (Glendale Center Theatre), Sister Act, Little Mermaid, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Performance Riverside), Company (Cabrillo Music Theatre) and Les Miserables (La Mirada Theatre). Film/Television: Jersey Boys, Caretakers and Rake. Elizabeth sends love to the cast/crew, Nick, her family & FSE! Follow along: @princesslizzie www.elizabeth-eden.com
Cynthia Ferrer (Mame Dennis)
Cynthia has played leading roles in four National Tours and appeared on stage in almost every major theatre in the United States. She performed leading roles in over one hundred musicals, working alongside Garry Marshall, Carol Burnett, Julia Roberts, Courtney Cox, Michael Feinstein, Alec Baldwin, Joey McIntyre and the Nicholas Brothers. At MTW, Cynthia played Ursula in The Little Mermaid, Nellie in Yankee Doodle Dandy, Muriel in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Recently, Cynthia was Associate Director to Spencer Liff for Singin’ In The Rain at McCoy/Rigby Ent.. On screen, she appeared in “Mother’s Day”,”Valentine’s Day”,”Georgia Rule”,“Cougartown”,”Crossing Jordan”,”Port Charles” and “General Hospital.
Todd Gajdusek (Mr. Upson)
Todd is thrilled to be joining MTW and revisiting Mr. Upson since playing the role with Musical Theatre Guild. Selected Credits: Theatre: Sunday in the Park… (Boatman), The Sound of Music (Max Detweiler), E.D. Blues (Freddie Mac). Film/TV: “Blade: The Iron Cross” (DA Madison), “Mani” Season 4 (Grant), “Rejected” (Larry). Proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, Musical Theatre Guild and The Foley Marra Studios. Love to my husband, Murray. Website: voiceoftod.com IG: voiceoftodd
Annie Hinskton (Pegeen)
Annie happily returns to MTW, having performed in Catch Me If You Can The Musical, Elf The Musical, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Singin’ In the Rain, and Big Fish. Notable performances include Peter Pan, The Wiz, 42nd Street, The Producers, Young Frankenstein, and Legally Blonde at various regional theatres. Television appearances: “Home & Family”, “NFL AM”, “Oprah”, and “Live with Regis and Kelly”. Love and gratitude to Larry, Peggy, Ryan, Paul, entire creative team, family and friends. @annhinskton
Chris Hunter (Patrick Dennis)
Chris is thrilled to be returning to MTW! Selected credits include Orpheus (LA Opera Connects), The Music Man (5 Star Theatricals), Shrek the Musical and The Secret Garden (3D Theatricals), The Little Mermaid (MTW), South Pacific (San Diego Musical Theatre), Sweeney Todd in Budapest, Hungary, Lost in the Stars (Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra). He is also a concert soloist, performing in both opera and musical theatre. He holds a BA in Vocal Performance from UCLA. He’d like to thank the incredible artistic team for this opportunity, and his parents for their unwavering support.
Rees James (Ensemble)
Originally from the UK, Rees trained at Italia Conti Academy and London Studio Centre. West End credits: We Will Rock You, Saturday Night Fever, Grease and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Arena credits: Queen World Tour and London 2012 Olympic Games. Film & TV credits: ‘Nine’, ’Taking New York’, ‘Juicy Stories’ and ‘The Prom’. Most recently appeared in Into The Woods at the iconic Hollywood Bowl and Matilda in La Mirada. Rees is thrilled to be part of Mame. Instagram: @reesjames
Jean Kauffman (Madame Branislowski/Mother Burnside)
Jean was recently seen at Hartford Stage in the premiere of the new musical, The Flamingo Kid. SoCal credits include: Eugenia in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Emma in Ragtime, Mrs. Brice in Funny Girl, Pennywise in Urinetown, and Sara Jane Moore in Assassins. Tours and Regional: Beauty and the Beast, Cats, On the Twentieth Century, A Chorus Line, Sweeney Todd, Hamlet, Oklahoma. Film/TV: “Angels On Tap” with Ed Asner, “Gansterland,” “Shut Eye.”
Martin Kildare (Beauregard)
MTW: My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid. Broadway: The Lion King, A Raisin In The Sun, Timon Of Athens, The Government Inspector, The Herbal Bed. National Tour: Mamma Mia! Off-Broadway: Pride’s Crossing, Honor And The River, Candida. Recent: Mamma Mia!, Spamalot (3DT), Bloomsday (North Coast Rep), Good People (McCoy/Rigby). Regional: Over 20 leading companies including Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory, and ten seasons with major Shakespeare Festivals. Film/TV: “Palm Springs”, “What/If”, “Good/Trouble”, “Superstore”, “Desperate Housewives”, “Big Love”, “Law And Order”, and many others. Graduate of Stanford University and the American Conservatory Theater.
Jack Kirkner (Young Patrick Dennis)
Jack is excited to appear in his first professional show! He is a 7th grader in the Acting Conservatory at Orange County School of the Arts. He recently played Les in Newsies and Gavroche in Les Miserables, both at San Juan Hills High School. Other favorite shows include Seussical (Jojo), Peter Pan (Michael), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Chip), and Disney’s Aladdin (Abu). He would like to thank Mom, Dad, Peyton, friends and family for their constant support, and Josh, Irene, Mrs. G, Mr. G, Mr. U and Lynn for helping prepare him! Enjoy the show!
Norman Large (Dwight Babcock)
Original Broadway casts: Les Miserables (Bishop, Javert, Thenardier), The Woman In White (Fosco), A Doll’s Life (Gustafson). International: West Side Story (Tony). National Tours: Les Miserables, Cats, Phantom of the Opera. NY City Opera (Principal Artist). 10 Ovation Award nominations. Symphonies w/ Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa. TV: “Star Trek” (Ruler of Romulan Empire), “Seinfeld”, “Quantum Leap”, “NYPD Blue”, “Veronica Mars”, “JAG”, “Nash Bridges”, “LA Law”, “Civil Wars”, “A Woman Scorned”, “The Gambler Returns”, “In The Line of Duty”, “Fallen Angels”. Disney animated features (numerous voices). Carnegie Hall: recorded live. Film: “Pretty Woman”, “Repossessed”.
Tracy Lore (Vera Charles)
National Tour: The Little Mermaid (Ursula), Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby. Regional: Young Frankenstein (Frau Blucher-Ovation Award), Once Upon a Mattress (Queen Aggravain-Ovation nom.) All Shook Up (Sandra-Ovation nom.), Hairspray (Velma-Ovation nom.) Boeing-Boeing (Berthe-Desert Theatre League Award), Chicago (Velma-AriZoni Award), Gentleman’s Guide…, Secret Garden, Sister Act, Beauty and the Beast, Side Show, Music Man, Catch Me if You Can, 42nd Street, Producers, Full Monty, Will Rogers Follies, Anything Goes, Crazy for You, Guys & Dolls, Me & My Girl, Drowsy Chaperone, Carousel, Betty Blue Eyes, Little Night Music, Cinderella, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Noises Off, Company, Wizard of Oz, Into the Woods.
Cleo Magill (Ensemble)
Born in Studio City, California, Cleo trained at the Joffrey Ballet, and danced with American Contemporary Ballet and Tulsa Ballet. Cleo went on to study acting, voice, and improv (Groundlings School). She has since performed in the Music Man, Oklahoma, Kiss Me Kate, and South Pacific, also understudying the roles of “Ado Annie” and “Lois Lane”. Her TV credits include “This Is Us” and “Conan”. Cleo is so excited for her first show with MTW!
Hisato Masuyama (Ito)
Japan B’way touring productions: Tommy, Phantom, Chicago. US tours: Madama Butterfly (Bonzo), Mame w/ Juliet Prowse, 42nd Street w/ Mariette Hartley, PACIFIC OVERTURES w/ MAKO etc. Regional shows: Rumors (Glenn, Cassie(!)), Bye Bye Birdie, The Wizard Of Oz, Anything Goes w/Helen Reddy, Wicket Lit ‘15 The Groves Of Rashomon, The King & I, The Music Man, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Squabbles, 1776, Dreamgirls, The Producers (Carmen Ghia), etc. TV: "Coop and Cami Ask The World", “Castle”, “Conan”, "General Hospital", etc. Films: “Wolverine", “Midway", “Spies In Disguise” etc. Translations & V/O: Tokyo Sesame Place, Tokyo Disneyland and ABC Mouse. Thanks to Lings for his support.
Corey Navarro (Peter Dennis)
Corey is making his professional theatre debut in Mame. Favorite roles include Flounder in The Little Mermaid and Pugsley in The Addams Family. He also recently appeared in a commercial for Walmart Media Group. Corey is in sixth grade and enjoys building things, filmmaking, baseball, and playing guitar. Corey would like to thank Musical Theatre West for giving him this opportunity, Danielle Keaton and Aaron Schwartz for their acting and voice coaching, and Mom, Dad, and Mollie for their love and support.
Jenna Lea Rosen (Ensemble)
Previous MTW shows: Catch Me If You Can, Elf, Nice Work, and Annie. Regional: ECT: Emma the Musical (Harriet Smith); 3DT: Parade (Monteen), 42nd Street.(Lorraine), The Sound of Music (Louisa), ASCAP: Dani Girl (Dani), and PVPA: Evita (Mistress). Jenna voices multiple characters on “Sofia the First”, “Elena of Avalor” and “Fancy Nancy” on Disney Channel and she recently appeared in Fiddler on the Roof (Chava) on “Encore!” on Disney+. Thanks to Larry, Peggy, Ryan, and Paul! Instagram: @Jennalearosen
Scott Spraags (Ensemble)
Scott is ecstatic to be returning to the MTW family after making his debut with The Little Mermaid ! He was also seen as Hortenzio in Kiss Me Kate with the SoCal Symphony and ended the winter season serving as Dance Captain and Swing in Warner Brothers ™ The Polar Express Train Ride. He thanks everyone who has always supported him, his MTA family and agent Jim Keith. Keep up with him on Instagram @scottspraags.
Leslie Stevens (Sally Cato)
Bio to come
Helena Thordal-Christensen (Ensemble)
Helena is thrilled to be making her MTW debut in Mame! Helena made her musical debut in Anastasia the Musical (Odette/ Stuttgart). Helena dances locally with the Los Angeles Ballet and internationally with the Norwegian National Ballet. Her ballet credits include : The Nutcracker (Los Angeles Ballet) Serenade/ La Sylphide( LAB) Swan Lake ( Norwegian National Ballet/ LAB) Theme and Variations ( NNB). Helena sends her love and thanks to the Mame team, Daniel, and her amazing family!
Vision Wilkes-Davis (Ensemble)
Vision is excited to be making his Musical Theatre West debut. Regional credits include Mamma Mia, Newsies, Dying City, Footloose, Joseph, and Peter and the Starcatcher. He has a double Bachelor of Music in music theatre and vocal performance and studied voice under Larry Wade Keller. He is thrilled to be a part of the Mame cast and would like to thank his family and friends for their love and support. Instagram: @vision_wilkesdavis
Adam Winer (Ensemble)
Adam is so grateful to be here! Adam was most recently seen starring as Tommy Djilas in The Music Man with Adam Pascal in Thousand Oaks, as well as Rudolpho in Matilda in Nantucket. Past credits include American Repertory Theatre, Goodspeed, Theatre by the Sea, Opera North, and many more. He is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory. Thank you to Peggy, Larry, Ryan, the whole MTW team, and family and friends! @awinz1