Andrea McArdle stars in the title role of MAME at Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA. (Photo credit: Mandee Kuenzle)

Andrea McArdle stars in the title role of MAME at Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA. (Photo credit: Mandee Kuenzle)

McArdle Makes MAME Her Own at Bucks County Playhouse

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Lea DeLaria and Andrea McArdle seated on sofa surrounded by other cast members dressed for Roaring 20’s partying. (Photo credit: Mandee Kuenzle)

Lea DeLaria and Andrea McArdle seated on sofa surrounded by other cast members dressed for Roaring 20’s partying.
(Photo credit: Mandee Kuenzle)

Andrea McArdle is absolutely marvelous in the title role of  MAME, currently playing at Bucks County Playhouse.

The woman who as a child, went from Northeast Philadelphia to Broadway in 1977 as the first “Annie” is simply stunning in the current New Hope Season 2013 opening.

McArdle’s voice is rich, beautiful, sensuous and strong. Additionally, she has terrific stage presence, wears her costumes well and looks younger than her 49 years.

An 11-piece orchestra crammed into the balcony offers underscoring for her and the talented cast that surrounds her.

Outstanding comedienne Lea DeLaria has perfect timing in both her delivery and her singing as Mame’s best friend, Vera, the role Bea Arthur played opposite Lucille Ball in the movie.

JD Troiolo delightfully plays and sings the role of Mame’s young nephew, Patrick. Troiolo comes with impressive local theatrical experience for his young age.

Jennifer Bissell as Agnes Gooch, Kelly Briggs as Babcock, Andy Joos as Beauregarde and Matthew Wojtal as the older Patrick – all Equity actors – were equally fine in their roles.

The cast of MAME takes a well-deserved curtain call. (Photo credit: Mandee Kuenzle)

The cast of MAME takes a well-deserved curtain call. (Photo credit: Mandee Kuenzle)

But it is McArdle who carries this show. Lighting up the stage when she enters with her confident carriage, delivery and throaty singing, she has reinvented the role of Mame which once belonged to Angela Lansbury and Lucille Ball.

Andrea McArdle has made this role her own.

MAME
Book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Directed by Jesse Cline
Choreography by Dann Dunn
Musical Direction by Tom Fosnocht
May 23-June 9, 2013
Bucks County Playhouse
70 S Main St
New Hope, PA 18938
(215) 862-2121
http://www.bcptheater.org/shows-events/mame/

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Jean Brenner

Jean Brenner

Jean Brenner has an extensive background in performing, directing, reviewing shows and doing all kinds of public relations work, including writing newsletters for various organizations. After graduating from Temple University, she taught English and Theatre at several high schools in Pennsylvania and Delaware, became Director of Public Relations at Bucks County Playhouse under an earlier ownership, and developed the theatre program at William Tennent High School, Warminster, Bucks County. Thereafter, she became a Realtor opening and operating Brenner Realty for 17 years, in Richboro. Returning to her theatre interests she and her husband started MONARCH THEATRE TROUPE, a not-for-profit company, in 2010, producing two musicals and a play in their first full year of operation. In 2012, she was VP of Marketing/Publicity for Town & Country Players, Buckingham. This year, she writes press releases for them. She and her husband thoroughly enjoy seeing a variety of shows, some of which she reviews for STAGE Magazine and for The Bucks County HERALD. In September, she will direct THE DINING ROOM for Town & Country Players.

One Comment

  1. Without seeing this production yet, I find it completely ridiculous to mention Angela Lansbury, Lucille Ball and Mame in the same breath. The film was abysmal as was Ms. Ball.

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