Monday, December 19, 2005
Casting Alert: Who's Mack? Who's Mabel?
"The 'Mack & Mabel' cast (as it stands now -- there are still a few roles yet to be cast) marks another "reunion" of old-time Moonies, just as Golden Apple does. Most significantly, Mack Sennett & Mabel Normand are played by Bill Fahrner and Cindy Goldfield, who got their Moon start together in 'Sweet Adeline', back in our very first season in 1993. Bill, of course, has done many, many roles for us over the years, while Cindy has stopped in now and then to perform, choreograph, and most recently direct 'Roar of the Greasepaint.'
Other old-timers are Amy Louise Cole, who is playing Lottie (a Sennett regular, who has the big tap number in the show), Steve Rhyne who plays Keystone writer Frank, and Michael Patrick Gaffney. Gaff plays competing director William Desmond Taylor (whose murder was the great Hollywood scandal that ruined Mabel Normand's career).
Moonies of more recent vintage are Doug Santana (Fatty Arbuckle, victim of another Hollywood scandal), and Christa Boggs. Christa is playing one of Mack Sennett's Bathing Beauties, and joining her is newcomer Fiona Cheung. Michael Gaffney probably wins the "six degrees" award in this bunch, having appeared in the last year or two with Christa and Amy in 'Minnie's Boys', with Steve Rhyne in 'Red Hot & Blue!', with Doug Santana in 'The Cabaret Girl', and with Bill Fahrner in 'Fifty Million Frenchmen.'
Still to come, two more Bathing Beauties and a handful of character men. Stay tuned!"