‘Mame’ up for grabs

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EAST HADDAM, Conn. — Jerry Herman, here for Goodspeed Musicals’ revamped version of his “Mack and Mabel,” gives an update on the long-gestating TV musical production of “Mame.” Cher was supposed to star; then, at another juncture, Barbara Streisand’s production company was going to do it.

“It’s on indefinite hold and now it’s up for grabs,” says Herman, who nixed the Streisand project. According to the songwriter, he took one look at an early version of the script that had Streisand taking some of the big chorus numbers and turning them into solo spots. “She took ‘It’s Today’ and made it into a solo,” reports Herman. “A solo? It’s a party song. I don’t want to go into it.”

Herman does want to talk about his current dream choice for the role. “What would you say to Catherine Zeta-Jones as Mame?” he wonders out loud. “She’s funny and she’s a real musical lady. I think it would be phenomenal.”

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