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Although Jerry Herman’s music and lyrics come alive again in Riverside Theatre’s production of Mame, there’s something missing. The larger-than-life part of this production is not eccentric Mame Dennis…it’s the scenery.
Whenever Leslie Uggams lets loose that glorious voice, whenever the live band swings into one of Jerry Herman’s standards, the Wick Theatre’s production of Mame is an irresistible pleasure. But when the music stops, so does the show. The non-musical scenes – and some of the musical ones – just lie there on the stage limp and colorless.
For someone who has been singing virtually the entire Jerry Herman songbook for decades, it’s ironic that only now is Leslie Uggams getting to play the title role of Mame in the musical bowing next week at The Wick Theatre.