In what is sure to ignite the theater chat rooms with casting speculation, Goodspeed Musicals announced that it will open its 2012 season with a production of "Mame," which will run April 22 to July 1 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam.
Composer Jerry Herman, who received the Goodspeed Award in 2007 for lifetime achievement in musical theater, gave his blessing to the project. A spokesman says that the 80-year-old composer will be involved in the casting.
The revival will be directed by Goodspeed regular Ray Roderick who has staged "My One and Only," "Singin' in the Rain" and "42nd Street" at the theater. Choreography will be by Vince Pesce.
Goodspeed presented Herman's "Mack and Mabel" at the Opera House in 2004 and his "Dear World" at its second theater, the Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, in 2000.
There has been much speculation about a Broadway revival of "Mame" for years but a production has not transpired. "Mame" was revived at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. in 2006 starring Christine Baranski, directed by Eric Schaeffer.
Also on the Goodspeed 2012 line-up is a revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Carousel," directed by Rob Ruggiero whose Goodspeed credits include "1771," "Camelot," "Show Boat," "Big River" and "Annie Get Your Gun." His Broadway credits are Matthew Lombardo's "Looped" with Valerie Harper and "High" with Kathleen Turner.
"Carousel" will run July 13 to Sept. 23 and will feature choreograpnhy by Parker Esse.
(Long Wharf Theatre presented a revival of the show several seasons back.)
A third Opera House show, slated for Oct. 5 to Dec. 9, has yet to be announced.
Subscriptions for the three shows are now on sale from $81 to $216. Single tickets go on sale Feb. 19.