Archive: Mame

November 21, 2014 – January 11, 2015

The Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre
Marjorie Arenstein Stage
at Virginia Rep Center   New Free Parking

Book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Based on the novel Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis
Directed by Patti D’Beck

Starring Tony-Nominated Emily Skinner
And Richmond favorite Desiree Roots Centeio

Emily Skinner   Desiree Roots Centeio

"Skinner exudes charm and talent"
"unquestionably a light, crowd-pleasing feast"
"Virginia Repertory Theatre doesn’t disappoint."

STYLE Weekly

"a Broadway-worthy show that shines"
"packed full of talent and pizzazz"
"Skinner's vocals are absolutely perfect"

Richmond Family Magazine

"Skinner commands the stage with her bigger than life charm and vocal talent!"

Broadway World

"Mame goes straight to our heads with all the effervescence of the Roaring Twenties, where this whirling, eye-popping musical’s story begins."

Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Emily Skinner brings her Broadway skills back home!
"Emily Skinner’s a gem and the rest of the cast shines brilliantly"


Emily Skinner has unequivocally established herself as one of Broadway's most engaging and versatile performers. Emily was nominated for a Tony Award (with Alice Ripley) and received a Drama League Award for her performance as Daisy Hilton in the brilliant Side Show. Read more…

Desiree Roots Centeio has been showcasing her triple-threat talent for 30+ years in theatre. Read more…

Mame, a lavish musical set in New York during the Great Depression, tells the story of Mame Dennis, an eccentric bohemian woman of wealth whose life is interrupted when the son of her late brother comes to live with her. Through the trials and tribulations of finding and losing love, and the ups and downs of the struggling economy, Mame tries her best to keep up her usual fabulous flair and share it with those around her. Read the press release.

Length: Approximately 2+ hours
Suggested for ages 8 and up.


"Emily Skinner returns to Richmond theater in Mame"

Richmond Times-Dispatch

A Quick 5 with Emily Skinner

Maryland Theatre Guide

"Emily Skinner and the whole cast of Mame are inspritational. And I mean it!" - Iain

6-year-old Iain has appeared on The View and saw his first Broadway show when he was 3. He's well known for his video reviews of Broadway shows. Take a look:


Roy burgess and Kweli LeapartWith unending respect and affection, this production of Mame is dedicated to the memories of Roy Burgess and Kweli Leapart. Roy was Board President of Barksdale Theatre in the mid-1990s, a singer/actor in the ensembles of musicals at Barksdale and TheatreVirginia, and a Richmond theatre aficionado second to none. His exhaustive treasury of original cast albums and theatre posters is a core collection in Virginia Rep’s McAuley Kilgore Theatre Library. Kweli starred in Theatre IV’s productions of A Raisin in the Sun (winning a Best Actress Phoebe Award), Do Lord Remember Me and Having Our Say. Both artists were cornerstones of Central Virginia’s theatre community. They are greatly missed.