Mack and Mabel

by  Jerry Herman, Michael Stewart, Leonard Spigelgass

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  10m, 5f

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

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    10m, 5f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades


    From Off-Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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
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  • Nominated! 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, 1975



"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


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Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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  • Time Period: 1930s, 1920s, 1910s / WWI, 1900-1910
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: 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: Period Costumes


  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Large
  • Chorus Size: Large

Song Samples

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


10m, 5f

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

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Cast Attributes

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


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16 Piano/Conductor Scores 

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)
Trumpets I & II
Trumpet III
Trombone I
Trombone II
Guitar (Electric and Banjo)
Drums/Percussion (3 books)
Violins ABC (3 books)



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 cons ...

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Michael Stewart

Michael Stewart

Leonard Spigelgass

Leonard Spigelgass

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.

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