The original text
The 1955 novel by Patrick Dennis chronicles the madcap adventures of a boy, Patrick, growing up as the ward of the sister of his dead father. It was adap0ted for the stage by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee and first performed on Broadway in 1956, directed by Morton da Costa and starring Rosalind Russel.
A film version was made in 1958 , after which followed the 1966 musical Mame by Jerry Herman, with Angela Lansbury in the lead, of which a 1974 film version was made with Lucille Ball and Bea Arthur.
Performance history in South Africa
Percy Tucker, 1997: p. 205.
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