Chichester Festival Theatre have announced further casting for Mack & Mabel.
Joining the already announced Michael Ball as Mack is American Rebecca Le Chance as Mabel.
Rebecca LaChance recently debuted on Broadway in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical as a featured ensemble member while understudying Jessie Mueller in the title role. Her other credits include Johnny Baseball directed by Gordon Greenberg, the director of Chichester’s acclaimed production of Guys and Dolls during Festival 2014, Central Avenue Breakdown and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.
The casting to date includes Anna-Jane Casey as Lottie, Jack Edwards as Fatty, Alex Giannini as Mr Kleiman, Gunnar Cauthery as Frank and Mark Inscoe as William Desmond Taylor. The company also includes Michelle Francis, Emily Langham, Rebecca Louis, Joshua Lovell, Joseph Prouse, and Emily Shaw.
Mack & Mabel forms part of the 2015 Chichester Festival Season and will be directed by Jonathan Church, with choreography by Stephen Mear and design by Robert Jones.
Starring Michael Ball as Mack, with American new-comer Rebecca Le Chance as Mabel, Mack & Mabel is based on the true romance between Hollywood legends Mack Sennett and Mabel Normand. Nominated for eight Tony Award when it opened on Broadway in 1974 this musical comedy includes the much-loved score Time Heals Everything and I Won’t Send Roses. Music and lyrics are by Jerry Herman (La Cage aux Folles) and the book by Michael Stewart (Barnum, 42nd Street), the multi award-winning team behind the classic Broadway musical Hello, Dolly!
Mack & Mabel is based on the tumultuous romantic relationship between Hollywood director Mack Sennett and Mabel Normand a waitress who became one of his biggest stars. In a series of flashbacks, Sennett relates the glory days of Keystone Studios from 1911, when he discovered Normand and cast her in dozens of his early “two-reelers”, through his creation of Sennett’s Bathing Beauties and the Keystone Cops to Mabel’s death from tuberculosis in 1930. Like all good musicals it ends on a happy note!