We Need a Little Mame Revival Right This Very Minute
July 27th, 2016
by Josh Ferri
Oscar winner Tilda Swinton wants to play a modern-day Auntie Mame and Bridesmaids co-writer Annie Mumolo is gonna make it happen for her—and that’s great.
But where is our Mame musical revival?! It’s been over 30 years since the Tony-winning Jerry Herman musical appeared on Broadway, and that’s completely unacceptable. As Dolly Levi readies for her big return, one can’t help but long for Auntie Mame Dennis; and if B’way gets its ass in gear, the long-awaited Mame revival could star Tony and Olivier winner and Emmy nominee Jane Krakowski.
Yes, IMHO, the 30 Rock & Kimmy Schmidt scene-stealer (who just reminded Broadway how exceptional she is with her Tony-nominated, Drama Desk-winning turn in She Loves Me) is the perfect choice to play Mame Dennis for a modern Broadway audience. Here’s why.
This is not an “old lady” role. Angie Lansbury was a mere 41 when she opened the musical on Broadway.
That's right, Mame should be a young, fun, vibrant aunt. She should be the ultimate life of the party, hangover and all.
Just imagine Jane breaking out this moment during “It’s Today” or “That’s How Young I Feel”.
Or getting that signature Jane Krakowski purr (:11) when she meets Beauregard Jackson Picket Burnside.
Plus, we’d all die for the not-so-subtle shade throwing contest that is “Bosom Buddies”.
Which of course brings us to all the amazing actresses who could play her drunk floozy of a bestie, Vera Charles. #TonyWinningFeaturedRole
But back to Jane, her abundance of star quality, and her acclaimed resume.
So, now who’s financing this?