by Georgetown Palace Theatre
Feb. 23 - Mar. 25
The heartwarming and funny musical Mame is on the Springer Main Stage at Georgetown’s Historic Palace Theatre from February 23rd to March 25th, 2018 (five weekends). Written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, Mame is set in New York during the Great Depression. The story focuses on the eccentric bohemian, Mame Dennis, whose flamboyant lifestyle is interrupted when her young nephew comes to stay with her, leading to all sorts of misadventures. Noted Austin actress Michelle Cheney IS Mame in the Palace production!
Mame is based upon the novel by Patrick Dennis (pen name) from 1955 entitled Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade (originally titled My Best Girl). His novel was one of the bestselling American books of the 20th century. In chronological vignettes, the narrator — also named Patrick — recalls his adventures growing up under the wing of his madcap aunt, Mame Dennis. In 1958, a movie entitled Auntie Mame, based on the play, was released by Warner Brothers starring Rosalind Russell in the title role. Russell was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe for her portrayal.
The musical Mame opened on Broadway in 1966, starring Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur. The production became a hit and spawned a 1974 film with Lucille Ball in the title role and Bea Arthur reprising her supporting role, as well as a London production, a Broadway revival, and a 40th anniversary revival at the Kennedy Center in 2006.
Michelle Cheney – a Palace favorite – has the coveted role of “Mame” in the Palace production. Michelle has appeared on stages around Central Texas and played principal roles in many musicals: Into the Woods; 42nd Street; Guys and Dolls; The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; Company; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (B. Iden Payne award); and many more. She has also been nominated for various awards for her work in comedies and has written several one-woman cabaret shows. BJ/Betty Ortwein has the role ofVera, Mame’s best friend. Last year, BJ played Mother Superior in Nunsense and Matron Momma Morton in Chicago at Austin City Theatre. And she did one of her bucket list roles – Rose in Gypsy at the Milam County Community Theatre. Past performances at the Palace include Jeanette in Full Monty, Maggie Jones in 42nd Street, and Frau Blucher in Young Frankenstein. Evelyn LaLonde plays the role of Agnes Gooch. Evelyn had the role of Marian in The Music Man and Simon in Jesus Christ Superstar, both at the Palace.
With plenty of other Palace credits, Jim Lindsay returns as Director of Mame. Jim was most recently seen at the Palace playing the role of ‘Rooster’ in the fall 2017 production of Annie. Other Palace credits include Lord Evelyn Oakley in Anything Goes, Don Lockwood in Singin’ in the Rain, and Juan Peron in Evita. Jim has also directed several standout productions: Austin Theatre Project’s The Rocky Horror Show; Pageant and Nunsense for City Theatre; and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at the Wimberley Playhouse. Jesee Smart (Choreographer) is originally from Chicago, IL. Jesee can be seen onstage and off around the Palace. She has performed in and choreographed several shows this season, teaches for the Palace Education Program, choreographs for Production Workshops, and is currently the manager of the Youth Performance Company. Rose Yurcina is Musical Director for the Palace production of Mame. Rose is a musical theatre performer, music director, and educator who calls the Georgetown Palace Theatre her "second home". Most recently, Rose provided the music direction for the main stage productions of Annie and West Side Story and for several Palace Education productions. Rose is also an active musical theatre performer and private voice teacher. Set design for Mame is the product of Michael Davis, a Director on the Palace Board and former President of the Board. Michael’s talents are many and varied, to the continuing benefit of all things Palace.
The Palace is most appreciative of the generous sponsorship by THE NOVAK BROTHERS for the Palace production of Mame.
February 23 - March 25, 2018
810 South Austin Avenue
Georgetown, TX, 78626
Get tickets for Mame – on the Springer Main Stage at Georgetown’s Historic Palace Theatre from February 23rd to March 25th, 2018 (five weekends) – at www.georgetownpalace.com or by calling 512-869-7469.
*Standard and Premium Flex Passes can be used for this show.
Seniors (55+) / Military / Students-$29
Children (13 & younger) $15
*$1 ticketing fee will be added per ticket at checkout.
**Student Rush Tickets $18 at the door with student ID.
For Special Needs Seating:(Wheelchairs, Walkers, No Stairs, etc.), you must call the Box Office for reservations at (512) 869-7469.
Group rates are available for 20 or more. The Palace seats about 295, with reserved seating paid for in the ticket price. The Palace office in the lobby of the theatre is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. (except for some holiday dates). Purchase tickets and select seating online at www.georgetownpalace.com or by calling512-869-7469. (Please call ahead regarding special needs seating.) Visa, Master Card, Discover, and American Express are accepted.