Sunday, April 9, 2017


Broadway opening: October 6th, 1974 - Run: 66 performances

Directed by Gower Champion - Book by Michael Stewart - Choreography by Gower Champion - Orchestrations by Philip J. Lang

Starring: Robert Preston (Mack Sennett), Bernadette Peters (Mabel Normand), Lisa Kirk, James Mitchell, Stanley Simmonds, Jerry Dodge, Bert Michaels, Christopher Murney, Tom Batten, Nancy Evers, Robert Fitch

The plot: Mack Sennett turns Mabel Normand into a star of his comedies and they become lovers, although he warns her that he isn’t a romantic guy. When Mabel tries to convince him she wants to do a serious movie he doesn’t take her seriously and she leaves him. Things don’t work out the way she planned, and when Mack asks her to come back she’s already a drug addict and is involved in the murder of William Desmond Taylor.

Musical Numbers: Overture - Movies Were Movies - Look What Happened to Mabel - Big Time - I Won't Send Roses - I Won't Send Roses (reprise) - 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 Endin

Awards Nominations: Tony for Best Musical, Best Book, Best Actor (Robert Preston), Best Actress (Bernadette Peters), Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Choreography, Best Direction of a Musical

London opening: November 7th, 1995

Directed by Paul Kerryson - Book by Michael Stewart - Choreography by Michael Smuin - Orchestrations by Philip J. Lang

Starring: Howard McGillin (Mack Sennett), Caroline O'Connor (Mabel Normand), Kathryn Evans

New Musical Numbers: Mack & Mabel - Hit'em on the Head

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