Leslie Uggams will open a new window this holiday season when she stars in Jerry Herman’s glorious musical MAME at the Wick Theatre in Boca Raton, Florida. Based on the 1955 novel Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis, this Tony Award-nominated classic is filled with irresistible songs including “It’s Today,” “Open a New Window,” “We Need a Little Christmas,” and “If He Walked into My Life.” The book is by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman.
MAME follows eccentric bohemian Mame Dennis as her madcap life among the rich and famous is suddenly interrupted when her orphaned nephew Patrick comes to live with her. Through the years they cope with the Depression, romantic escapades, heartbreak and reconciliation. Mame is considered one of the all-time great female roles in musical comedy.
Leslie Uggams has a long and happy history with composer Jerry Herman. She starred on tour in Jerry's Girls, a musical revue of his work, with Carol Channing and Andrea McArdle and then again on Broadway in 1985-86 with Dorothy Loudon and Chita Rivera. In 1993 she memorably sang “If He Walked into My Life” during the star-studded tribute “Jerry Herman’s Broadway at the Hollywood Bowl.”
The Wick is a beautiful new theater and costume museum in Boca Raton, Florida designed to “entertain, celebrate, and preserve for the world the treasures of our musical theatre history.” MAME will be part of the second season of the Wick’s Broadway Series.
Tickets are $72 ($100 for the special opening night performance Saturday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m.) and are available online at The Wick’s website or by calling the Box Office at 561-995-2333.
Here's Leslie Uggams singing "If He Walked into My Life" at the Hollywood Bowl: