Arts & Entertainment

Mack and Mabel

Scott Irwin & Angelique Cassimatis Photo: Kurt Sneddon

The Hayes Theatre Company ends its 2016 season with Jerry Herman’s Mack and Mabel.

Directed by Trevor Ashley (coming off the success of Heathers The Musical and Liza’s Back!), the Hayes’ Mack and Mabel will be Sydney’s first full professional production of the Tony Award nominated show.

“The show itself comes beautifully off the page so we are trying to be as true to that as possible,” said Scott Irwin, who joins a cast of triple threats in the role of Mack Sennet.

Ashley’s rendition of Mack and Mabel promises plenty of laughs, slapstick, and energetic tap numbers without shying away from drama.

“Trevor has a great sense of the visual side of things as a director, and coupled with his own musical ability and love for comedy, he uses those strengths to create a bare bones, very stylised Mack and Mabel.”

The production charts the tempestuous real life love affair between movie director Mack Sennet (Irwin) and delicatessen delivery girl turned movie star, Mabel Nommad (Angelique Cassimatis) and will feature classic tunes including, ‘I Wont Send Roses’, ‘Wherever He Aint’ and ‘Movies were Movies’.

Framed through the lens of Hollywood’s nostalgic golden age, the show spans the years between 1911-1938 through a series of flashbacks, and recalls the bygone era of movie magic and silent film (think Keystone Cops, Bathing Beauties, pies-in-the-face and damsels tied onto rail tracks).

“Audiences will be transported to another time,” Irwin said. “They’ll hear some fabulous Jerry Herman songs, some hilarious jokes, see some great physical comedy and incredible dancing (seriously) and be moved by what is ultimately a timeless, albeit flawed, love story.”

“I think Angelique singing ‘Time Heals Everything’ is worth the ticket price alone,” he added. “She is a knockout, and her rendition of this classic song will be one of the things people will go home talking about, that is for sure!” (SH)

Until Dec 18, evenings and matinees. Hayes Theatre Company, 19 Greenknowe Ave, Potts Point. $70-$80. Tickets & info: www.hayestheatre.com.au or (02) 8065 7337

BY SHON HO

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