Already closed | 1h 30m | Chelsea

Mabel Madness

From 10 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Intelligent, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great staging

About the show

Urban Stages presents the world premiere of a dramatic story with music that looks at the life of the legendary chanteuse Mabel Mercer. More…

Mabel Mercer is frightened that she is too old, that this is her last show, and that her long-time friend/manager is abandoning her. On stage for probably the last time, this legendary performer, who influenced the likes of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Billie Holiday, confronts the events that have led her to this moment. From a white British mother who refused to acknowledge her black daughter to vocal mishaps that ultimately led to her signature story-song style, Mabel reveals all as she prepares to take her final bow.

1h 30m | Already closed | Urban Stages (Chelsea)

Member Reviews (10)


Entertaining, Intelligent, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great staging
Avg Score

Interesting, Informative

See it if you like an historical retrospective of a relatively unknown performer who influenced musical greats such as Sinatra.

Don't see it if you don't like a one women show.

Entertaining, Intelligent, Refreshing, Ambitious, Profound

See it if You are interested in the life of Mabel Merced and want to see a very entertaining performer.

Don't see it if You are not interested in Mabel Mercer and have better things to do.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you know more about the jazz legend Mabel Mercer. Well written, solo performance interspersed with representative songs.

Don't see it if you've come only for the music, or you don't like solo performances

Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Profound

See it if enjoy one woman shows with good acting , music and historical context

Don't see it if do not like one woman shows, or plays that are based on real life experiences with a positive spin.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like one-person biographical shows; are interested in the history of cabaret; are a fan of Mabel Mercer; or want to know more about her

Don't see it if you don't like the things listed above, or need a bigger, broader show

Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You like jazz

Don't see it if Dont like one actor bios

Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You like good musical theatre.

Don't see it if You don't like solo shows.

Clever, Exquisite, Great staging, Refreshing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy great theatre performances by one of he most under-rated performers of our time. Absolutely love it.

Don't see it if You aren't a fan of one-woman shows.

Entertaining, Great acting, Riveting, Resonant, Great staging

See it if you want to see a great performance. If you are interested in music and/or Black history or mother-daughter relationships.

Don't see it if you are totally against one person shows no matter how good they are.

For a previous production

See it if you like Mabel Mercer's music.

Don't see it if you have good taste in music.

March 10th, 2016
"Ms. Beverley, who both wrote and stars in this one-act musical play, makes Mercer’s story compelling...When Ms. Beverley sings, she makes the case beautifully for Mercer’s greatness of style...The production itself, directed by Frances Hill and Peter Napolitano, could be more polished. But the h...
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February 25th, 2016
"Though brevity necessitates lack of detail, it serves the piece. Trezanna Beverly effectively incorporates salient points and important people. The story runs smoothly, giving us a good sense of Mercer's roots, her journey, and of the generous, self-effacing performer herself. Characterization i...
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February 29th, 2016
"A show that never completely manages to transcend the artificial nature of the biographical one-person show...The story she tells is a fascinating one, but so crowded with characters and incidents that 80 minutes allows for only the most cursory treatment...'Mabel Madness' is an odd title for a ...
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March 10th, 2016
"Trezana Beverley’s keenly observant, warm biographical musical, 'Mabel Madness,' is not only good theater, but also a means for the many people who, sadly, know little about this extremely influential singer to get acquainted with her...She uncannily finds Mercer’s style, sounding surprisingly l...
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