Broadway opening: May 24th, 1966 - Run: 1508 performances
Directed by Gene Saks - Book by Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee - Based on the Novel by Patrick Dennis - Choreography by Onna White - Orchestrations by Philip J. Lang
Starring: Angela Lansbury (Mame), Beatrice Arthur (Vera Charles), Jane Connell (Agnes Gooch), Frankie Michaels (young Patrick), Charles Braswell, Jerry Lanning (older Patrick), Sab Shimono, Margaret Hall, Diana Walker, John C. Becher, Johanna Douglas
The plot: Mame is a bon vivant who tries to enjoy life as much as she can. When she becomes tutor of her orphaned nephew, she tries to raise him with her way of looking at life: “Life is a banquet and most poor sons-of-bitches are starving to death”. In the meantime she’s wiped out by the stock market crash, marries a rich Southern man, becomes a widow and tries to prevent her nephew of marrying the “wrong kind of people”.
Musical Numbers: Overture - St. Bridget - It's Today - Open a New Window - The Man in the Moon - My Best Girl - We Need a Little Christamas - Mame - The Letter - My Best Girl (reprise) Bosom Buddies - Gooch's song - That's How Young I Feel - If He Walked Into My Life – Final
Awards: Tony for Best Actress (Angela Lansbury), Best Featured Actor (Frankie Michaels), Best Featured Actress (Beatrice Arthur); Theatre World Award for Sheila Smith and Jerry Lanning Awards Nominations: Tony for Best Musical, Best Composer & Lyricist (Jerry Herman) Best Scenic Design, Best Choreography, Best Direction of a Musical