Judy McLane to Join MAMMA MIA! as 'Donna' in June
After playing the role of "Tanya" for the past seven years in Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus' smash hit musical MAMMA MIA!, Broadway favorite Judy McLane will assume the starring role of "Donna Sheridan" on Monday, June 4, 2012 at the Winter Garden Theatre (1634 Broadway).
Judy McLane earned critical acclaim for her performance as "Vienna" in Johnny Guitar Off-Broadway, for which she received Drama Desk and Drama League Award nominations. She has appeared in the original companies of the Broadway musicals Kiss of the Spider Woman, Aspects of Love and Chess. Judy recently starred as "Diana" in Next to Normal at the Pioneer Theater in Salt Lake City.
She is the longest running principal in MAMMA MIA!'s thirteen year global history and has played the role of high maintenance, thrice married "Tanya" longer than any actress in any production of the hit musical around the world.
Now celebrating 10 smash hit years on Broadway, MAMMA MIA! is one of the most successful musicals of all time anywhere in the world and is now 10th longest running show in Broadway history.
Seen by over 50 million people around the world, MAMMA MIA!, is celebrating over 4,300 performances at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre and remains among Broadway's top selling musicals. The current North American Tour has played over 3,700 performances in over 150 cities with 145 repeat visits. The originAl West End production of MAMMA MIA! is now in its thirteenth year and has celebrated over 5,000 performances in London and the international tour has visited more than 74 foreign cities in 25 countries and been seen by over 4.3 million people. The blockbuster feature film adaptation of MAMMA MIA!, produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman, is the most successful movie musical of all time grossing $600 million worldwide.
With a worldwide gross of over $2 Billion, MAMMA MIA! is acclaimed by the Associated Press as "quite simply, a phenomenon."
Inspired by the story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs, 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 3 men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. Songs including "Dancing Queen"; "The Winner Takes It All"; "Money, Money, Money" and "Take A Chance on Me" are all featured in this feel-good night of fun and laughter.
Produced by Judy Craymer, Richard East and Björn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal, the creative team responsible for bringing MAMMA MIA! to theatrical life includes some of the most gifted and celebrated talents of musical theatre and opera. With music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, MAMMA MIA! is written by Catherine Johnson and directed by Phyllida Lloyd. MAMMA MIA! has choreography by Anthony Van Laast, production 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.