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Opera & Musical Theater

Movies Were Movies: Mack And Mabel At Stages Repertory Theatre

The Jerry Herman musical about Mack Sennett and Mabel Normand enters its last week.



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Tom Frey and Bridget Beirne
Tom Frey and Bridget Beirne in the Geary Studio. Photo by St.John Flynn.

Mack and Mabel, the 1974 musical with a book by Michael Stewart and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman (Hello, Dolly!, Mame, La Cage aux Folles), tells the story of the tumultuous relationship between Hollywood silent movie director Mack Sennett and his protegée Mabel Normand who became one of his biggest stars.

The original 1974 Broadway production of Mack and Mabel received eight Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, but failed to take away any statues. 

Mack and Mabel runs through Sunday, June 28th, at Stages Repertory Theatre in a production directed by Stages artistic director Kenn McLaughlin. Tom Frey stars as Mack Sennett and Bridget Beirne as Mabel Normand. They joined Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn in the Geary Studio to talk about and perform songs from the show with musical director Steven Jones at the piano.