Mack & Mabel



Feb 19 – 23, 2020

Tickets start at $35



The New York Times (1974 Broadway premiere)

The Encores! season opens with Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart’s Mack & Mabel, which tells the story of one of silent film’s first great pioneers, Mack Sennett, played by Douglas Sills (War Paint, The Scarlet Pimpernel), and his first great discovery and muse, the comedienne Mabel Normand, played by Alexandra Socha (Head Over Heels, Spring Awakening). Mack makes Mabel a star and love blossoms. But Mack’s insatiable drive to succeed and Mabel’s natural vulnerability—the key to her audience appeal—turn their love affair into a high wire act with no net.

The Mack & Mabel cast album has been treasured by musical theater lovers for decades, though only a few of them ever got to see the actual show. The score produced two ballads that have become standards of the American songbook: “Time Heals Everything” and “I Won’t Send Roses.” But many more of the numbers, including “Look What Happened to Mabel!” and “Movies Were Movies”—both of which were performed by Sills and Socha in Hey, Look Me Over! as part of the Encores! 2018 season—showcase the upbeat, sunny, irresistible melodies for which the composer of Hello, Dolly! and Mame is so justly celebrated.

Mack & Mabel is part of the 2020 Encores! season along with Love Life and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Encores! subscriptions start at just $105. Learn more.

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Douglas Sills
Love Life
Alexandra Socha


Point of View

Point of View

  • A musical in the old and true tradition
    The New York Times (1974 Broadway premiere)

  • When I was approached to direct this show, I went back and listened to the score.  I wept. When you feel that kind of love for music like this—only Encores! can give that back to you.
    —Josh Rhodes (Mack & Mabel Director)

Production Credits

Production Credits

Based on an idea by Leonard Spigelgass
Book by Michael Stewart
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Revisions by Francine Pascal 
Featuring The Encores! Orchestra
Music Director Rob Berman
Directed and Choreographed by Josh Rhodes

Starring Douglas Sills and Alexandra Socha

Encores! Artistic Director Jack Viertel
Encores! Music Director Rob Berman

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Major support for Encores! is provided by
Stacey and Eric Mindich Fund for Musical Theater

Season Sponsors
Roz and Jerry Meyer
The Shubert Foundation
Stephanie and Fred Shuman Fund for Encores!

Support for Mack & Mabel is provided by
Margot and John Ernst
Marta Heflin Foundation
Leo Shull Foundation for the Arts

Additional support is provided by
The Frederick Loewe Foundation
The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.
The SHS Foundation
The Ted Snowdon Foundation