Broadway veteran Paige Davis headlines a zany cast in the madcap musical comedy Mame, opening the 2018 season at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly June 5-17.

"Mame is the perfect remedy for today's problems. The timeless musical offers audiences both a message about tolerance and the opportunity to laugh while enjoying the classic music and glamorous production numbers," said Bill Hanney, NSMT owner and producer.

"Musical theater is a form of celebration and the character Mame is the queen of celebration. I am happy to have Paige Davis on board to bring this legendary character to life. I know her natural charm, warmth, and wit will lead our audiences in sharing Mame's enthusiasm for life."

The show is based on Patrick Dennis' book "Auntie Mame" and tells the story of Mame Dennis, an American original and inspirational freethinker who refuses to live by the rigid rules of 1920s society.

She's irreverent, irrepressible and irresistible. And when she takes on the rearing of her 10-year-old orphaned nephew Patrick, she turns his life into one wild adventure after another and shows him how to celebrate life and live each moment to the fullest.

Jerry Herman wrote the score that includes such classics as "If He Walked Into My Life," "Mame" and "We Need a Little Christmas." Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee wrote the book.

Tickets are $59-$84 and are available at 978-232-7200 or www.nsmt.org or at the box office at 62 Dunham Road, Beverly.


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