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Mack and Mabel - Full Length Musical, Drama

Mack and Mabel

Jerry Herman, Michael Stewart, Leonard Spigelgass

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Full Length Musical, Drama

10m, 5f

ISBN: 9780573680748

Based on an idea by Leonard Spigelglass
Book by Michael Stewart
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman

A True Love Story of Mack, Mabel, and the Movies.

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Description

Full Length Musical

Drama

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1930s, 1920s, 1910s / WWI, 1900-1910

Settings Of Play - 1911-1938. The Sennett Studios; The Brooklyn Studio; Mack's Office, Brooklyn; Los Angeles; The Orchid Room of the Hollywood Hotel; A Pier, New York; "Vitagraph Varieties of 1929" and more

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Competition or audition material

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Drugs, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

Nominated! 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, 1975
This is a saga of the silent film era "when movies were movies", the story of legendary director Mack Sennett and his greatest star, the adorable Mabel Normand. It is told in flashback by Mack himself as the protagonist narrator, a broken man, made obsolete by talkies, bankrupt and forced to sell his studio, he reminisces about the past, recalling his triumphs and his turbulent love affair with Mabel whom he had discovered and made a star. He loves her, but cannot tell her, sending her into the arms of a rival who feeds her drugs. 

Now available in a revised version that contains changes made for the London revival that won the Evening Standard's coveted Drama Award for Best Musical

REVIEWS

"Mr. Herman has the common touch, a gift for melodies familiar and memorable...A musical in the old and true tradition." - The New York Times

Mack and Mabel was first presented on Broadway by David Merrick at the Majestic Theatre in New York City on October 6, 1974. It was directed by Gower Champion.
Characters

CASTING

10m, 5f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

Large

MACK SENNET - A workaholic movie director, baritone
MABEL NORMAND - A deli delivery girl who becomes a movie star. Mack reluctantly becomes romantically involved with her, mezzo-soprano
FRANK WYMAN - An actor/writer, and later a director, baritone
LOTTIE AMES - A silent movie star, mezzo-soprano
WILLIAM DESMOND TAYLOR - A "serious" director, and rival for both Mabel's acting talents and her affections
MR. KLEIMAN - An accountant
EDDIE - Kleiman's partner
ELLA - a piano player
FRED - Silent Film Actor

ensemble and small features

Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Large

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

16 Piano/Conductor Scores (Act I)
16 Piano/Conductor Scores (Act II)

Reed I (Piccolo, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Clarinet)
Reed II (Flute, Alto Saxophone, Clarinet)
Reed III (Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet)
Reed IV (Flute, Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet)
Horn
Trumpets I & II
Trumpet III
Trombone I
Trombone II
Guitar (Electric and Banjo)
Drums/Percussion (3 books)
Violins ABC (3 books)
Violas
Cello
Bass
Song Samples

Overture

Movies Are Movies

Look What Happened to Mabel

Big Time

I Won't Send Roses

I Wanna Make the World Laugh

Wherever He Ain't

Hundreds of Girls

When Mabel Comes in the Room

My Heart Leaps Up

Time Heals Everything

Tap Your Troubles Away

I Promise You a Happy Ending

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  • Mack and Mabel

Author(s)
Jerry Herman

Jerry Herman

Hello, Dolly!, Mame, and La Cage Aux Folles are home to some of the most popular, most-often performed and most successful musical hero(in)es of all time, and have given Jerry Herman the distinction of being the only composer-lyricist in history to have had three musicals that ran more than 1,500 consecutive performances on Broadway. His first Broadway show was Milk and Honey (1961), followed by ... view full profile

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