Jerry Herman’s classic musical Mack and Mabel is coming to the Hayes Theatre from November 18, and today Working Management and Hayes Theatre Co have announced the full cast and creative team for the season.
An old-school musical comedy, Mack and Mabel is based on the real-life coupling of early 1900s filmmaker Mack Sennett and starlet Mabel Normand.
Joining the pre Scott Irwin (Helpmann Award nominee for Hairspray, High Society) and rising star Angelique Cassimatis (Little Shop of Horrors, The Rocky Horror Show) as Mack and Mabel, is Deone Zanotto (West Side Story, Broadway’s A Chorus Line) as Lottie, Stephen Valeri (First Date: The Musical) as Fatty, and Kuki Tipoki (Sweet Charity, Little Shop of Horrors) as Bauman.
The supporting cast of triple threats includes Caroline Kaspar (Chicago, Hot Shoe Shuffle), Sally Hare (Girls on Tap, Carmen), Mikayla Williams (Dance Academy, Glinda in Packemin’s Wicked) and recent graduates Shay Debney (VCA), Adam Di Martino (VCA), Jessica Voivenel (WAAPA) and Zachary Webster (Brent Street).
Trevor Ashley, who directed Heathers for the Hayes and recently appeared there in his show Liza’s Back! Is Broken, will direct. Ross Wallace and Angela White will design the sets and costumes. Cameron Mitchell will choreograph and Bev Kennedy will provide musical direction.
“I’m excited to be directing Mack and Mabel in what is its first full professional production in Sydney,” says Ashley.
“It’s a great piece, with a score written by the master of the showtune, Jerry Herman, and features so many classic songs.
“I’m excited to see the brilliant tap numbers that Cameron Mitchell, whose clever and energetic choreography featured so heavily in Heathers, will create and for the Hayes to be transformed into a mini soundstage helping to conjure up the magic of the movies from a bygone era.
“Together with our fabulous designers Ross Wallace and Angela White, we’re hoping to take you back to the twenties and to the silent movies of Mack Sennett’s world.”