Mack and Mabel at Hackney Empire

Tuesday 5 September 2017

Musicals - Shows

The London Musical Theatre Orchestra and a star cast present a concert performance of Mack and Mabel at the Hackney Empire on 23 September 2017.
Mack and Mabel at Hackney Empire

Image: LMTO

With music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Michael Stewart, Mack and Mabel was first produced back in 1974.

The show has probably had more success in the UK than in its native America where it received numerous Tony and Drama desk Award nominations, but failed to garner any of the glittering prizes.

Jerry Herman's score, though, has some lucious melodies, not least the song "I Won't Send Roses", which is simply gorgeous.

Now, the London Musical Theatre Orchestra along with a star cast are presenting a concert version of the show at the Hackney Empire on Saturday 23 September at 7-30pm.

Mack and Mabel tells of the relationship between legendary director Mack Sennett and his greatest star, Mabel Normand.

The story is told in flashback by Mack himself as the protagonist narrator, a broken man, made obsolete by talkies, bankrupt and forced to sell his studio, he reminisces about the past, recalling his triumphs and his turbulent love affair with Mabel whom he had discovered and made a star.

He loves her, but cannot tell her, sending her into the arms of a rival who feeds her drugs destroying her and her career.

Here's the songlist for Mack and Mabel:

Act I

Overture - Orchestra

Movies Were Movies - Mack

Look What Happened to Mabel - Mabel and Company

Big Time - Lottie Ames and Company

I Won't Send Roses - Mack

I Wanna Make the World Laugh - Mack and Company

Wherever He Ain't - Mabel

Hundreds of Girls - Mack and Bathing Beauties

Act II

When Mabel Comes in the Room - Company

My Heart Leaps Up / Hit 'em on the Head - Mack

Time Heals Everything - Mabel

Tap Your Troubles Away - Lottie and Company

I Promise You a Happy Ending - Mack

About the London Musical Theatre Orchestra

LMTO is a professional orchestra that aims to develop and promote the art of musical theatre for the public benefit.

Its mission is to provide the public with the very highest quality musical theatre concerts.

The orchestra is unique in several respects:

- it is the only professional orchestra in the world that is dedicated solely to musical theatre

- it provides unmatched opportunities for developing musicians to experience playing musical theatre repertoire, and

- it is made up solely of musicians who are passionate about musical theatre.

LMTO performs several concerts per year at venues in and around London.

With each of these concerts, LMTO brings musical theatre to life in new and exciting ways.

Whether it's through a collaboration with a top artist, a new orchestration of a much-loved classic, or simply by giving the music a new sense of vitality because the players love the repertoire so much.


Hackney Empire

291 Mare Street

London E8 1EJ


Saturday 23 September 2017 at 7-30 pm

Running time: 2hrs 30 mins (inc 20 min interval)


£49.50 - £15 (plus £1 per ticket online, £1.25 per ticket over the phone)

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