Set in New York and spanning the Great Depression and World War II, it focuses on eccentric bohemian, Mame Dennis, whose famous motto is "Life is a banquet and most poor sons-of-bitches are starving to death." Mame's fabulous life with her wealthy friends is interrupted when the young son of her late brother arrives to live with her. A series of adventures ensue to help them cope with the Depression. Based on a novel and play entitled Auntie Mame, this 1966 Broadway musical version starred Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur and spawned a movie musical starring Lucille Ball and Arthur in 1974. Patrick Dennis, author of Auntie Mame, is in fact the young nephew who arrived to live with Mame and turns life as she knew it upside down.
Mame opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on May 24, 1966 and ran for 1,508 performances. The exuberant show fetched Tony Awards that year for Best Actress, Best Featured Actress, and Best Featured Actor.