It was directed by John Oules, with musical direction by Darcy White. The choreographer was Laura Hiszczynskyj, who did an amazing job! The lead (Mame) was played by Jennifer Goldsmith. Former festival Queen (1973) Anne Du Fresne was Vera Charles. And young Patrick was played by Hudson Hale -- what an incredible voice!!! Leslie Irene Gale was Agnes Gooch, and Ron Harman played Beauregard Burnside, with Kimo Camat as Ito. Frankly, it was an impressive cast.
Anyway, we don't get to attend live theater very often, and we all really enjoyed it.
Some of you may be unfamiliar with the story of "Mame." We happen to be (along with sister Sue) HUGE fans of the 1958 film "Auntie Mame," which featured Rosalind Russell as Mame. (That movie is NOT the musical version of the story.) And Marilyn and I both read the Patrick Dennis novel (plus the sequel) years ago that both the musical stage play and movie were based on -- the first book was written in 1955. Anyway, it's the story of the unconventional Mame Dennis, who lives a progressive and independent life for a woman during her time period. The plot starts during the Roaring Twenties, and continues into the Great Depression (and beyond). Mame's carefree life changes when her brother dies and leaves his son under her care. Faithful servant Ito is with Mame from beginning to end, and according to the musical, Agnes Gooch comes with Patrick to join the household. Mr. Babcock (her brother's executor) throws many a monkey wrench in the way of happiness. And Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside comes along in the nick of time to marry Mame and save her during a time of financial ruin. (He eventually leaves her a widow.) And Vera Charles is her best friend. There's much more, so if you can, catch the film sometime -- you'll be glad you did!
Lucille Ball was in the movie version of the musical "Mame," but neither Marilyn nor I have ever seen it. (And it didn't do very well, plus critics blasted it.) So I won't recommend that film, even though it was great fun to see it performed on stage tonight, and hear the various songs. "We Need A Little Christmas" is from this!
We went for drinks with Patty before attending, and ended up talking shop. Patty is with the Court, so it was an interesting conversation.
In other news, my feet are sore all the time right now. And I continue to have loads of leg cramps (no idea why). I'm limping around a lot of the time. It's really hurting my steps.
Adeena's birthday is Wednesday... (That's Mark's bday, too.) I don't know if we'll be able to see either one of them that day...
Forgot to mention that Marilyn and I participated in the The 23rd annual Letter Carriers’ "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive this past Saturday, May 9 (as we do every year). I hope all of my American friends supported this worthwhile cause. (It's much harder for agencies to get food donations during this time of year.)
The very last episode of "Revenge" aired tonight. I'll try and chat about that tomorrow, I think...
Fitbit Update: Marilyn did 8,711 steps yesterday (May 9) and 6,800 steps today. I got 8,603 steps yesterday (May 9) and unfortunately only 2,671 steps today. What the heck. I'm working through the pain as best I can... (I reported yesterday after friend Frank asked, as I didn't do so yesterday. Partly this was because I did my entry so early -- and thought I might do a second one (which obviously didn't happen).
I train our last person for this festival season on Thursday -- I think. Marilyn hasn't heard from her, so...