Mamma Mia!: four new principal cast from 22 Oct 2010


Mamma Mia!: four new principal cast from 22 Oct 2010

The Broadway musical Mamma Mia! will welcome new principals Lisa Brescia, Liana Hunt, Corey Greenan and Clarke Thorell to the company on 22 Oct 2010. The musical, which opened at Winter Garden on 18 Oct 2001, following previews from 5 Oct 2001, is currently selling tickets through to 6 Mar 2011. Broadway musical veteran Lisa Brescia ('Wicked,' 'Aida,' 'The Woman in White') will star as 'Donna Sheridan,' assuming the role from Beth Leavel. Leavel is soon to star as 'Emily' in the Broadway run of 'Elf.' Liana Hunt will play bride-to-be 'Sophie Sheridan,' making her Broadway debut direct from starring in the role on the U.S. national tour. Hunt assumes thr role from Alyse Alan Louis. Current Broadway cast member Corey Greenan graduates from the ensemble to play the principal role of 'Sophie Sheridan's' fiancé 'Sky,' assuming the role from Eric William Morris. Finally Clarke Thorell ('Hairspray,' 'Lone Star Love') joins the company as 'Harry Bright,' assuming the role from David Andrew Macdonald. Tony Award nominee John Dossett (Gypsy) and Patrick Boll (Faith Healer) continue as 'Sam Carmichael' and 'Bill Austin,' rounding out the trio of men from Donna’s past who are Sophie’s three possible dads. Judy McLane ('Chess,' 'Kiss of the Spiderwoman') and Gina Ferrall ('Beauty and the Beast,' 'Big River') continue as 'Tanya' and 'Rosie,' Donna’s best friends and former back-up band known as 'Donna and the Dynamos' who reunite on a Greek island for the wedding of Donna’s daughter, Sophie. Seen by over 42 million people around the world, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ global smash hit musical Mamma Mia!, is celebrating over 3,700 performances in its ninth year at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre and remains among Broadway’s top selling musicals. The original West End production is celebrating 10 years and over 4,000 performances in London, an international tour has visited more than 40 foreign cities, and the feature film adaptation, produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman, is the most successful movie musical of all time grossing $600 million worldwide. Mamma Mia! is inspired by the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs, Tony Award nominated writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale of family and friendship unfolds on a tiny Greek island. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited twenty years ago. Songs including “Dancing Queen”; “The Winner Takes It All”; “Money, Money, Money” and “Take A Chance on Me” are all featured. Mamma Mia! has music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, with book by Catherine Johnson. The musical is directed by Phyllida Lloyd and has choreography by Anthony Van Laast, set design by Mark Thompson, lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruce and Bobby Aitken, and musical supervision, additional material and arrangements by Martin Koch. The show is produced by Judy Craymer, Richard East and Björn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal.