Laurie Veldheer to Join MAMMA MIA! as 'Sophie' this Week
Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus' global smash hit musical MAMMA MIA! welcomes Laurie Veldheer to the Broadway cast, beginning performances as "Sophie Sheridan" this week at the Winter Garden Theatre (1634 Broadway).
Laurie Veldheer (Sophie Sheridan). Broadway: Newsies (Hannah/Smalls; u/s Katherine), original Broadway cast. Tours: Hairspray (Brenda). Regional: Millie inThoroughly Modern Millie (Paper Mill Playhouse and Maltz Jupiter Theatre), Hannah/Smalls in Newsies and Brenda in Hairspray (Paper Mill), Natalie in Next to Normal(Milwaukee Rep), Goodspeed, and MTW. BFA in Musical Theater from Penn State University.
Now celebrating 11 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. The production recently announced that it will transfer from the Winter Garden Theatre to the Broadhurst Theatre in late 2013.
Seen by over 50 million people around the world, MAMMA MIA!, is celebrating over 4,800 performances at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre and remains amongBroadway's top selling musicals. The original West End production of MAMMA MIA! is now in its fifteenth 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.
For tickets, schedule and information about MAMMA MIA!: www.mammamianorthamerica.com/.