‘Mame’ to open Goodspeed season

Jerry Herman to be involved in casting

Composer Jerry Herman has given Goodspeed Musicals the green light to produce a revival of “Mame,” which will open the season at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn., in the spring.

The composer will be involved in the casting of the tuner, which will be helmed by Ray Roderick, a frequent director at the regional (“Me and My Girl,” “Singin’ in the Rain”).Choreography will be by Vince Pesce. The show will run April 22 to July 1.

Goodspeed has developed a relationship with Herman, 80, presenting the songsmith’s “Mack and Mabel” in 2004 and a revival of “Dear World” in 2000. Herman also received the theater’s Goodspeed Award in 2007 for outstanding achievement in musical theater.

A spokesman for the theater said there is no commercial attachment with the production.

Speculation on a major revival of the show has swirled for years. The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., presented “Mame” in 2006 starring Christine Baranski and directed by Eric Schaeffer.

Also on the Goodspeed 2012 lineup is a revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Carousel,” helmed by another Goodspeed fave, Rob Ruggiero (“1776, “Show Boat,” “Camelot,” Broadway’s “High”). That show will run July 12 to Sept. 23. Parker Esse will choreograph.

A third show which will run Oct. 5 to Dec. 9, 2012 has not yet been announced.