Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits -MAMMA MIA!
A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters .
BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's MAMMA MIA! below!
Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus' global smash hit musical Mamma Mia! became the 9th longest-running show in Broadway history, a record previously held by the landmark musical Rent. The show has also surpassed the record breaking runs of legendary musicals such as Miss Saigon; Fiddler on the Roof; Hello, Dolly!; Annie; 42nd Street, My Fair Lady and the original run of Cabaret. Now celebrating 13 smash hit years and over 5,000 performances on Broadway at The Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street),Mamma Mia! is one of the most successful musicals of all time anywhere in the world and is one of only 5 musicals to have run for over 10 years on Broadway. The original cast included: Louise Pitre, Judy Kaye, David W. Keeley, Ken Marks, Karen Mason and Dean Nolen. Notable replacements have included: Carolee Carmello, John Dossett, Dee Hoty, Allison Case, Beth Leavel, Aaron Lazar, Zak Resnick, Clarke Thorell and more.
Inspired by the story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs and directed by Phyllida Lloyd, Mamma Mia! is Judy Craymer's vision of writer Catherine Johnson's sunny, funny tale of family and friendship unfolding 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 had 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.
Judy performed the role of "Tanya" in MAMMA MIA! for seven years. She received critical acclaim for her performance as "Vienna" in Johnny Guitar Off-Broadway (Drama Desk Nomination and a Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance in the Theater). Most recently, she starred as "Diana" in Next to Normal at the Pioneer Theater. She starred as "Donna" in the feature film Were the World Mine and character vocals for the movie Lucky Stiff by Ahrens & Flaherty. Ms. McLane has appeared on Broadway in Kiss of the Spider Woman, Aspects of Love and Chess. Her national and international tours include "the Baker's Wife" in Into the Woods, "the Narrator" in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Donny Osmond, "Mrs. Baskin" in Big and Side By Side By Sondheim. Television includes "Guiding Light" and "Another World." She can be heard on the recordings of Johnny Guitar, Sundance the Musical, The May Who Would be King and Storyville. www.judymclane.com. @RealJudyMcLane
Elena is honored to be a part of the Mamma Mia! family in a whole new way, after making her Broadway debut in the ensemble! National tour: Mamma Mia! Regional:Spring Awakening (Wendla), Next to Normal (Natalie), Bring It On: The Musical. Thanks to Eric and the MM creatives for their continuous faith in me, my lovely ladies at DBA, Craig Carnelia, MCS, wonderful friends and the best family ever. Mom, Dad, Hallie: you taught me everything I know. Psalm 28:7. Elenaricardo.com
Broadway Debut! Credits include: Glimpses of the Moon, MetroStage - 2011 Helen Hayes Award Nominee (Coral Hicks); The Drowsy Chaperone, Gateway Playhouse (Chaperone); up the week without a paddle, Neurotic Young Urbanites (Nora). TV/Film Credits include: "Bored To Death," "Royal Pains," "Desperate Housewives," "House," "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody," "Monk," Morning Glory, Catch Me If You Can, Secretary, Legally Blonde II. Friends call her Coco.
Broadway: Smokey Joe's Cafe' (debut), The Life (April*), Aida (Amneris), The Wedding Singer (Linda*). City Center/Encores! Pardon My English and Face the Music *. Off-Broadway: The Wild Party / MTC (Rose*), Forbbiden Broadway 2001* & SVU, Bubbly Black Girl / Playwrights Horizons*, Disaster (Jackie). National Tours: Happy Days(Pinky*), JC Superstar-25th Ann., Jekyll & Hyde (Nellie). Regional: Evita (Eva) Oqunquit,Damn Yankees (Lola opp. Andre' DeShields) Engeman, Caears's Palace/A.C. Starring in "Nights on Broadway", recently originated Carolyn in the World Premiere of Divorce Party at the Kravis Center. "Great Mood for a Tuesday" is Felicia's album that is being critically acclaimed as a "relevant, incendiary rock effort that firmly brands Finley as a significant rock talent". You can download her album on iTunes and feliciafinley.com. Love to her best friend and husband, Paul Stancato. *denotes original company and cast recording.
Broadway: Sunset Boulevard (Tony nom.), Contact. Off-Broadway: Hello Again, Adrift in Macao,Book of Days, Avow. Other: Race, Death and The Maiden, 12 Angry Men, Doubt, Oleanna, Hay Fever, Beauty and The Beast, Johnny Guitar, Bells Are Ringing. Film: Weekend Warriors, Simple Wish. TV: "Jake and The Fatman," "Three's a Crowd," "Another World," "All My Children," "Contact," "Live From Lincoln Center," "Law & Order," "SVU," "Homicide," "Matlock." Web series: "Then We Got Help," "Submissions Only." Founding Director of Theatre Raleigh. Proud Dad to daughter Riley Rose. www.alancampbell.net
PAUL DE BOY
Broadway debut. He played Harry in the National Tour of Mamma Mia! New York theatre: stood by on Sight Unseen (MTC), Eurydice (Second Stage). Regional: My Fair Lady (Pioneer Theatre); 39 Steps (Rep Theatre St. Louis); The Clean House (Cincinnati Playhouse); Blithe Spirit (Olney Theatre); Present Laughter (Brown County) TV: "Royal Pains;" "The Following;" "Law & Order: Criminal Intent;" "Trial By Jury." Film: A Dirty Shame (John Waters).Training: RADA, AADA. www.pauldeboy.com
John is overjoyed to be returning to the Broadway cast. Stuff I've done: A Raisin in the Sun directed by Phylicia Rashad, the film Zodiac directed by David Fincher and a slew of TV including "Boardwalk Empire," "Castle," "Gray's Anatomy" and "Monk." www.thejohnhemphill.com
Broadway debut! Other credits include Shrek (Chicago Shakespeare Theater) and Inexperienced Love (NYC Fringe Festival). Jon is a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where he received the John Arthur Kennedy Award for Acting as well as the Thomas Auclair Memorial Award. Many thanks to everyone at BRS/Gage, my loving family and Erin. (Daniel 12:3). Twitter: @jonjorgenson
Traci is proud to have made her Broadway debut with this rockin' company! Native Lawng-Islandah (aka Long-Islander). Training: The Boston Conservatory. Favorite credits: 42nd Street (Ethel, Asian Tour), Children's Letters to God (Joanna, national tour), among many others. For Bert and Pat Michaels for "opening the doors," and for Mom, Dad, Christopher, and Daniel - LOVE!!!
THOMASINA E. GROSS
Broadway Debut! Credits: Mamma Mia! Nat'l tour (u/s Ali, ensemble), Hair (Europe), "Glee," Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, "My Name is Earl," "The Shield" and various TV commercials. Baldwin Wallace Conservatory Alum. SAG/AFTRA/AEA. Thanks to the creative team, Eric Woodall at Tara Rubin Casting. Love to my family, teachers and friends. G.I.G! Mom and Dad, for never saying no, this is for you. www.thomasinagross.com & @thommigross.
CHRISTOPHER HUDSON MYERS
Broadway Debut! Favorite Credits: Les Miserables, Wedding Singer, West Side Story, Gay Bride & Altar Boyz! I am so grateful to Janet, Martha, David, Eric, KWC, My Family, Mom and Rachel for the love & support! Thank you!!
Albert is thankful to return to B'way. Mamma Mia! (nat'l tour), The Times They Are A-Changin' (dir. Twyla Tharp), The Wiz (La Jolla), Flower Drum Song, Cutman, choreographer for Kaci Battaglia feat. Ludacris. Emii feat. Snoop Dogg. Love you Ester! www.albertguerzon.com
Broadway: West Side Story (u/s Anita, Swing) A Chorus Line (u/s Diana, Swing)Mamma Mia! (Swing) Las Vegas Co. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Sacramento Music Circus, Stages St. Louis, Theater of the Stars. B.A. in Sociology from California State University of Long Beach. Thanks to family, friends and Ryan for their love and faith.
Broadway Debut! A recent graduate of NYU Tisch (CAP21), favorite credits include: In the Heights, Hairspray, Once on this Island and Hair. Sydni would like to thank CESD, Eric Woodall, Tara Rubin Casting and her friends and family for their love and support. For Mom, Dad, and Bailo. www.sydnibeaudoin.com
Broadway: Sister Act, Hair, Jersey Boys (Vegas). Regional favorites: How To Succeed (Rosemary), Happy Days (Joanie), The Wedding Singer (Holly), Urinetown (Hope). TV: All My Children. Big thanks to BRS, family, friends, and frog :)
A native New Yorker, she is thrilled to make her Broadway debut!! A graduate of New York University where she received her BFA in dance. Her credits include Anything Goes, The Boyfriend, Thin Line, Princesses, The MTV Video Music Awards and touring throughout Europe with various companies. Thanks to her Mom, Dad, Jenn and Deanna for believing in her always, and to Danny and the rest of her family and friends for their love and support.
Broadway debut! Thanks to Mom and Dad, Jen Waldman, Andrew Byrne, friends and family. Originally from Costa Mesa, California, Felicity has a BA in English and Drama from Hofstra University. Proud member of AEA.
Broadway Debut! MAMMA MIA! Las Vegas. Int'l tour: The Who's Tommy. Regional: Cabaret, Annie, Joseph...Dreamcoat, Big River, The Music Man. Love and thanks to Dante, Steph, Nic, Julia and all my friends and family. Mom and Dad my greatest supporters and my brother Craig, without you three this wouldn't be possible. We did it!! Proud member, Actors Equity.
Stacia can currently be seen on Stage17.tv starring in the web series Middle (ST)age. Also on Facebook at MIDDLE STAGE. This season she played Lynn Carras on HOMELAND on HBO. Follow her at @Fernandezstacia. Broadway: The Drowsy Chaperone, Swing!, Tom Sawyer, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Beauty and the Beast. Off-B'way: LonestarLove. Tours: Evita, Beauty/Beast, Jerome Robbins, Heartstrings. Regional: Next to Normal, Lucky Guy; Death of a Salesman; Guys and Dolls; Cats; Kiss Me, Kate; The King and I; Anything Goes. Soundtracks: The Shaggy Dog, Enchanted.
ADRIENNE JEAN FISHER
Adrienne, aka AJ, is overjoyed for her Broadway debut! Off-Broadway: Cirque du Soleil's Banana Shpeel. Tour: White Christmas. Many thanks to DDO, Tara Rubin, teachers and friends. DP + Luke, LOVE YOU! Mom, this one's for you!
Jon-Erik is proud to be back at the Winter Garden once again. Broadway: MAMMA MA! (original cast), Cats (final cast). Nat'l: MAMMA MIA!, Cats(final cast). Regional: As Thousands Cheer, Phantom. Thanks to Mom, Dan and Nana. For Nenette.
Tony is honored to rejoin the Broadway Company. Past credits include, "Mamma Mia" (Vegas, Tour) "We Will Rock You" (Vegas), "Saturday Night Fever" (Vegas, Tour) and "Joseph..." (Tour). Thank you, Mom, Dad, Ang, and Becca.
National Tour: Mamma Mia! ("Sky"). New York/Regional: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! ("Adult Who," u/s "Young Max"), Old Globe Theatre; Evita ("Che"), Int'l Tour; Under My Apron, MITF; 42nd Street ("Billy Lawlor"); Damn Yankees ("Joe Hardy");Sweeney Todd ("Tobias Ragg"); West Side Story ("Tony"); Much Ado About Nothing("Claudio"); Art ("Yvan"), Director Jeff Lee. Graduate Pepperdine University. Love and gratitude to my supportive family and incredible friends! For my brother, Patrick.
BRYAN SCOTT JOHNSON
Recent: The Last Goodbye (Old Globe), Grand Theft Auto V (Dr. Friedlander). NYC: I Want My Token Back!, Max & Maxine: Together...Again!, Philemon, The End of Civilization. Regional: Adirondack Theatre Festival, Denver Center, Milwaukee Rep, Riverside Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, Stoneham Theatre. TV: "Blue Bloods," "Ed," several "Law & Order"s, "Onion News Network," "Outlaw." VO/commercials. www.bryanscottjohnson.com
Broadway: Kiss Me Kate, Jekyll & Hyde, Big, My Fair Lady, Me & My Girl. Tours: MAMMA MIA!, Grand Hotel. Carnegie Hall: Family Guy Sings! Regional: Chicago (Velma), Dames at Sea (Mona), High Society (Tracy), Bye Bye Birdie (Rose). Film: Jekyll & Hyde. Member AEA.
PAUL HEESANG MILLER
Regional: Walnut St, North Shore, Kansas City Starlight, PCLO, ArtPark, MT Wichita, St Michael's Playhouse, Weston Playhouse. BFA: Elon University. Thanks to Eric Woodall and Tara Rubin Casting, many teachers, friends, my sister and my incredible mother, Jeanne.
Broadway Debut! National Tours: Mamma Mia! Favorite Regional: It's Only Life, See What I Wanna See, Guys & Dolls, And the World Goes Round, and Jekyll & Hyde. BFA from NYU (CAP21). Special thanks to Eric Woodall and Tara Rubin Casting, the MM Creative Team, Frontier Booking International, Craig Carnelia, Michael Hicks, and my AMAZING family!
Broadway Debut! Graduate of the University of Michigan, BFA. Regional: Pittsburgh CLO, MTW. Favorite credits include: Bat Boy, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, Crazy for You, Miss Saigon, Jekyll & Hyde. Grateful to BRS, Station 3, Eric Woodall & the MAMMA MIA team! Love to her amazing family, teachers, friends & Ann Arbor community for their endless support. To God be the Glory! @ashleyparklady
Broadway debut! Theatre: Evita (Northern Stage), The Last Castrato (Gap in the Wall),You're Invited (showcase, Old Vic), 999 BC (reading, York Theatre), The Bacchae (Warsaw Theatre Festival), Violet (Actors Theatre Charlotte). Film: Lilith, The Site, The Best Day. BFA in drama and musical theatre from NYU Tisch. Thanks to Tara, Eric, the Boals brigade and parents. JacobPinion.com
Broadway: Hot Feet (Kalimba u/s), Urban Cowboy (Candi Cane). Other credits: Spamalot National Tour,The Wiz (La Jolla Playhouse), Swing! Film: The Smurfs Movie, Dark Horse, Old Dogs. TV: Saturday Night Live, Disney Fairytale Weddings.
National Tour: MAMMA MIA! (Pepper), Fame, Honk! (American Premiere), The King and I, Dogeaters, Sweeney Todd, Music Man, Edwin Drood. Television: ABC's "Citykids," various Nickolodean spots. BFA NYU (Tisch). Proud member of Actor's Equity.
National Tours: LES MISERABLES (Enjolras), The Phantom of the Opera (Raoul u/s). Las Vegas: Mamma Mia! (Original Cast- Sky),(Final Cast- Sam Carmichael). Regional: Franco Dragone's Carmen (La Jolla Playhouse), The Girl in the Frame(Adirondack Theatre Festival), The World Goes 'Round (Riverside Theatre). At Sea: RCCL's Original Casts of Hairspray (Corny Collins) & Chicago (Billy Flynn). TV: Y&R, Sunset Beach, Las Vegas, Pan Am, Person of Interest. BFA Ithaca College. Gratitude to all the loved ones who have enriched my life. Good things come to those who persevere. Broadway debut, ...finally!
Leah is thrilled to be back at Mamma Mia! Regional: Unsinkable MollyBrown (Molly), Joseph... (Narrator), Fiddler (Chava). Graduate: Los Angeles Theatre Academy. For Jax, Mama, Dad and our angel, Jason.