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Jerry Herman?s Mack and Mabel will play a strictly limited season at Hayes Theatre Co.
A dazzling musical comedy that is both a poignant love story and a joyous celebration of Hollywood?s golden age, Mack and Mabel is based on the real-life tumultuous romantic relationship between early 1900s legendary filmmaker Mack Sennett and accidental starlet Mabel Normand.
This 1974 musical is delivered in flashback from the point of view of Mack, who admits to two obsessions: movies and Mabel Normand. He is the struggling director in the early 20th century, when the fun of the silent screen was dominated by the hysterical chaos of The Keystone Cops and the glamour of the Bathing Beauties; a world where heroes wore capes, girls were tied to the railway tracks and it all ended with a pie in the face. She is the girl from the deli who erupts on to the set with a sandwich delivery. Mack spots potential and Mabel becomes a star. Spanning the years from 1911 to 1938, the show charts their rise and fall, both professionally and romantically....