Mack & Mabel

Musical

Writers: Michael Stewart Francine Pascal Jerry Herman

Context

The idea for Mack & Mabel was first mooted by the director of the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera to composer, Jerry Herman. Herman roped in Michael Stewart to write the book and the production opened for pre-Broadway try-outs in San Diego and Los Angeles in 1974. Gower Champion directed the production, and Robert Preston and Bernadette Peters starred in the lead roles. Reviews for the show were mixed, focusing on the poor libretto and dark ending. However, the show moved to engagements in St. Louis and the Kennedy Center, before opening on Broadway in October 1974. Although it only ran for

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