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Photo Coverage: MAMMA MIA! 'Wall of Fame' Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli

Photo Coverage: MAMMA MIA! 'Wall of Fame' Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli

Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus' Broadway smash hit musical MAMMA MIA! was honored with a Tony's DiNapoli "Broadway Wall of Fame" portrait on Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 at the Times Square restaurant (147 West 43rd Street at Broadway).

The unveiling ceremony and party was hosted by restaurateur Bruce Dimpflmaier and emceed by media personality Valerie Smaldone. Prints made from the original oil painting by artist Dan May will be autographed by the cast and auctioned at a future event to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. BroadwayWorld.com was there to "take a chance" and have some fun with the talented cast of MAMMA MIA!

MAMMA MIA! joins a gallery of portraits honoring hit Broadway musicals including Jersey Boys,Spring Awakening and Wicked as well as Broadway stars Daniel Radcliffe (Equus); Hugh Jackman (The Boy From Oz); Harry Connick; Jr. (The Pajama Game); Antonio Banderas andChita Rivera (Nine); Patti LuPoneBoyd Gaines and Laura Benanti (Gypsy);Bob Saget (The Drowsy Chaperone) and Cheyenne Jackson (Xanadu) among others.

MAMMA MIA! stars two-time Tony Award® nominee Carolee Carmello ("Donna Sheridan"), Judy McLane ("Tanya"), Gina Ferrall ("Rosie"), Brandi Burkhardt ("Sophie Sheridan"), Chris Peluso("Sky"), Sean Allan Krill ("Sam Carmichael"), Pearce Bunting ("Bill Austin") and Ben Livingston("Harry Bright").

The MAMMA MIA! company features Samantha EggersAmina RobinsonRaymond J. LeeBrent BlackTimothy BoothAllyson CarrLanene Charters, Meghan Dreyfuss, Matthew FarverLori Haley FoxHeidi GodtJon-Erik GoldbergFrankie James Grande, Corey Greenan, Bryan Scott JohnsonMonica KapoorRobin Levine, Corinne Melançon, Ian Paget, Courtney ReedRyan SanderCollette SimmonsTraci Victoria and Leah Zepel.

Seen by more than 32 million people around the world, MAMMA MIA!, is celebrating over 3,000 performances in its 8th smash hit year on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre (1535 Broadway), the original West End production has played nearly 4,000 performances, an international tour has played in more than 40 foreign cities, and the blockbuster feature film adaptation of MAMMA MIA!, produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman, is the most successful movie musical of all time and continues to smash box office records around the world.

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 LloydMAMMA MIA! has choreography by Anthony Van Laast, production design by Mark Thompson, lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruceand Bobby Aitken, and musical supervision, additional material and arrangements by Martin Koch.

MAMMA MIA! plays on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre (1634 Broadway) Tuesday through Saturday at 8p, Sunday at 7p, with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2p.

Ticket prices range from $62.75 -$121.50, including a $1.50 Shubert facility fee. Tickets are available by calling the MAMMA MIA! hotline at (212) 563-5544/(800) 432-7250; in person at the Winter Garden Box Office or online at www.telecharge.com/mamma-mia and www.mamma-mia.com

For more information about MAMMA MIA! around the world visit: www.mamma-mia.com.

 

Photo Coverage: MAMMA MIA! 'Wall of Fame' Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Bruce Dimpflmaier

Photo Coverage: MAMMA MIA! 'Wall of Fame' Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Bruce Dimpflmaier

Photo Coverage: MAMMA MIA! 'Wall of Fame' Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Valerie Smaldone

Photo Coverage: MAMMA MIA! 'Wall of Fame' Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Valerie Smaldone

Photo Coverage: MAMMA MIA! 'Wall of Fame' Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Judy McLane, Gina Ferrall, Carolee Carmello and Valerie Smaldone

Photo Coverage: MAMMA MIA! 'Wall of Fame' Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Judy McLane, Gina Ferrall, Carolee Carmello and Valerie Smaldone

Photo Coverage: MAMMA MIA! 'Wall of Fame' Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Judy McLane, Gina Ferrall, Carolee Carmello and Valerie Smaldone

Photo Coverage: MAMMA MIA! 'Wall of Fame' Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Judy McLane, Gina Ferrall, Carolee Carmello and Valerie Smaldone

Photo Coverage: MAMMA MIA! 'Wall of Fame' Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Judy McLane, Carolee Carmello, and Gina Ferrall

Photo Coverage: MAMMA MIA! 'Wall of Fame' Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Judy McLane, Carolee Carmello, and Gina Ferrall

Photo Coverage: MAMMA MIA! 'Wall of Fame' Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Bruce Dimpflmaier, Judy McLane, Gina Ferrall, Carolee Carmello and Valerie Smaldone

Photo Coverage: MAMMA MIA! 'Wall of Fame' Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Ben Livingston, Brandi Burkhardt, Chris Peluso, Judy McLane, Sean Allan Krill and Carolee Carmello

Photo Coverage: MAMMA MIA! 'Wall of Fame' Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Chris Peluso, Judy McLane, Sean Allan Krill, Carolee Carmello, Gina Ferrall and Pearce Bunting

Photo Coverage: MAMMA MIA! 'Wall of Fame' Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Gina Ferrall

Photo Coverage: MAMMA MIA! 'Wall of Fame' Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Ben Livingston, Sean Allan Krill and Pearce Bunting

Photo Coverage: MAMMA MIA! 'Wall of Fame' Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
Gina Ferrall, Judy McLane and Carolee Carmello

Photo Coverage: MAMMA MIA! 'Wall of Fame' Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
The Broadway cast of Mamma Mia!

Photo Coverage: MAMMA MIA! 'Wall of Fame' Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
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Photo Coverage: MAMMA MIA! 'Wall of Fame' Portrait Unveiled at Tony's DiNapoli
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Pablo Pimienta Born and raised in Miami Florida, Pablo's interest in photography began when he was in his early 20's. What started out as a hobby soon blossomed into a great passion. A fan of the theater since his youth, it was a viewing of "Les Miserables" that first introduced him to Broadway. A desire to combine his love of theater and photojournalism finally brought him to New York City in the summer of 2008. He currently lives in Manhattan with his wife Monica.


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