Gay Men's Health Crisis Will Benefit When Mabel Comes Into the Room on March 31
Jerry Herman's 1974 musical Mack & Mabel will be presented in a one-night-only, all-star benefit concert version at Avery Fisher Hall on Monday, March 31, as a benefit for the Gay Men's Health Crisis.
Originally seen on Broadway in a short-lived but fondly remembered production that starred Robert Preston, Bernadette Peters, and Lisa Kirk, Mack & Mabel celebrates the bygone days of the silent film era in which Mack Sennett (who devised the Keystone Kops) and Mabel Normand were key players. Herman's score contains such songs as "Time Heals Everything," "I Won't Send Roses," and "Tap Your Troubles Away," not to mention a famous overture.
Among the stars scheduled to appear in the GMHC concert are Michael Feinstein, Debbie Gravitte, Nathan Lane, Donna McKechnie, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Douglas Sills, Leslie Uggams, Marissa Jaret Winokur, the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, and the "Uptown Express" pop group of the New York City Gay Men's Chorus. The show will be produced by Jon Wilner, directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman, and choreographed by Dan Siretta, with Donald Pippin providing musical direction. Herman will supervise the production and is also scheduled to perform.