Mack has found his Mabel! After an extensive search, American actress Rebecca LaChance has been confirmed to star alongside Michael Ball in Chichester’s forthcoming summer musical, a revival of Mack & Mabel.
Based on the true romance between Hollywood legends Mack Sennett and Mabel Normand, the original musical comedy received eight Tony Award nominations when it opened on Broadway in 1974. The score includes Time Heals Everything and I Won’t Send Roses.
Rebecca LaChance’s credits include her recent Broadway debut in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical as a featured ensemble member while understudying Jessie Mueller in the title role.
Other credits include Johnny Baseball, Central Avenue Breakdown and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.
Michael Ball plays Mack Sennett. His recent credits include the BBC television drama That Day We Sang, which reunited him with Sweeney Todd co-star Imelda Staunton.
Theatre credits include the title role in Sweeney Todd, Hairspray, Les Misérables, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Passion, Aspects of Love, The Woman in White and The Phantom of the Opera.
Ball co-produced Chichester Festival 2010’s West End transfer of Love Story. He also has a successful recording and broadcasting career, and will be embarking on a UK concert tour in Spring 2015.
Other casting includes Anna-Jane Casey as Lottie, Jack Edwards as Fatty, Alex Giannini as Mr Kleiman, Gunnar Cauthery as Frank and Mark Inscoe as William Desmond Taylor. The company also includes Michelle Francis, Emily Langham, Rebecca Louis, Joshua Lovell, Joseph Prouse, and Emily Shaw.
Director Jonathan Church said: “Mabel Normand was ‘discovered’ by Mack Sennett and became one of the best loved female film stars of the era.
“Partly for this reason Michael and I always hoped we might cast an emerging young actress to play Mabel.
“And we are thrilled that Rebecca will follow in the steps of Bernadette Peters and Imelda Staunton who played this role at the beginning of their careers.”
Mack & Mabel will be at the Festival Theatre, Chichester from July 13-September 5.
2015 Tour dates
October 1-10, Plymouth Theatre Royal
October 12-24, Manchester Opera House
October 27-November 7, Dublin BGE Theatre
November 10-21, Edinburgh Playhouse
November 23-28, Nottingham Theatre Royal
December 1-6, Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre