The cast is set for Transport Group's off-Broadway revival of John Van Druten's I Remember Mama. Joining previously announced stage vet Barbara Andres will be Oscar and Tony nominee Barbara Barrie, Alice Cannon, Lynn Cohen, Rita Gardner, Heather MacRae, Marni Nixon, Letty Serra, Dale Soules and Phyllis Somerville. Directed by Jack Cummings, I Remember Mama will begin previews on March 16 at the Gym at Judson. Opening night is set for March 30.
Based on Kathryn Forbes' novel Mama's Bank Account, I Remember Mama centers on a Norwegian immigrant family, settling into 1910s San Francisco and held together by its indomitable Mama. The new reinterpretation of the play explores how even the smallest and seemingly insignificant experiences of family life can silently accumulate to take our breath away. The 10 veteran actresses will play 23 different roles in the show.
The original production of I Remember Mama opened at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre in October 1944, starring Mady Christians, Oscar Homolka, Joan Tetzel and Marlon Brando, in his Broadway debut. After its successful run, the play was adapted for film, into a TV series, and to the stage again as a 1979 Broadway musical with a book by Thomas Meehan, lyrics by Martin Charnin and Raymond Jessel and music by Richard Rodgers in his final original Broadway production.