MAMMA MIA! Comes to Patchogue Theatre
The Gateway will take Long Island by storm at The Patchogue Theatre with the international smash hit Mamma Mia!, and will dazzle the audience from July 19th through August 5th. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus' Mamma Mia!, is based on the songs of ABBA and has broken box office records worldwide having been seen by more than 60 million people. With non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers, the show features hit songs that include "Super Trouper," "Dancing Queen," "Knowing Me, Knowing You," "Take a Chance on Me," "Thank You for the Music," "Money, Money, Money," "The Winner Takes It All," and "SOS."
Star of stage and screen, Patrick Cassidy makes his Gateway debut as Sam. A veteran of Broadway, film, and television, Cassidy most recently appeared in A Little Night Music at A.C.T. in San Francisco and starred opposite Patti LuPone in Annie Get Your Gun. He also had the honor of recreating the role his father, Jack Cassidy, originated on Broadway in the Dallas Theater Center's production of It's a Bird It's a Plane It's Superman. Cassidy won the 2002 National Broadway Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in Elton John's Aida, and was nominated for an Emmy for his performance on the TV Miniseries "Dress Grey." In addition to his lauded performance as Julian Marsh in 42nd Street, Cassidy originated the role of Balladeer in Stephen Sondheim's Assassins at Playwright Horizons, and appeared in Lady in the Dark at City Center's Encores! On television, Cassidy has guest starred on "Law & Order SVU," "Castle," "Crossing Jordan," "Without a Trace," "According to Jim," "CSI Miami," and "ER," among many others.
Starring as Donna is Joan Hess in her Gateway debut. Ms. Hess appeared in the Broadway production of Mamma Mia! as Tanya and also appeared in the Broadway productions of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Bells are Ringing, Crazy for You, and Kiss me Kate. Other credits include the off Broadway production of Dessa-Rose, National Tours of Sunset Boulevard, and Beehive. She appeared in HBO's Flight of the Conchords as Jessica.
Angie Schworer stars as Donna's best friend Tanya in her Gateway debut. On Broadway, Schworer has appeared alongside Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane as Ulla in The Producers, and received an Astaire Award nomination for her performance in Catch Me if You Can. She's been seen on television in "Law and Order," "CSI," "As The World Turns," and "Smash." She has also appeared in the film version of The Producers.
Starring as Rosie is Kate Chapman. Ms Chapman starred in the cast of Mary Poppins on Broadway, was a part of the original 2006 revival cast of Les Miserables and starred as Mrs. Claus for five seasons in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and was a part of the ensemble in the films Chicago and Nine.
Briana Rapa is making her Gateway debut as Sophie, following her international tour as Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Mike Heslin, who appeared in the national tour of War Horse, will appear alongside her as Sky.
Returning to The Gateway as Harry is David Engel, who was last seen as Gomez in the 2014 hit, The Addams Family. Engel most recently appeared on Broadway in Putting It Together and Seussical, as well as the original production of La Cage aux Folles. Engel created the role of Smudge in the original New York production of Forever Plaid, and again in Plaid Tidings and Forever Plaid: The Movie. In addition to his work on the stage, Engel shared an on-screen romance with RuPaul in the award winning musical short film Zombie Prom.
Fred Inkley stars as Bill in his Gateway debut after playing the leading role of Jean Valjean in Broadway's Les Miserables. Inkley received a Helen Hayes and Jeff Awards nomination for his performance as Beast in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, as well as a Jeff Award nomination for his touring performance as Valjean in Les Miserables. Inkley appeared as a Guest Artist for the Boston Pops in 2013.
The ensemble will be Sarah Faye Beard, Taylor Broadard, Drew Geraci, DJ Petrosino, Andy Tofa, Taylor Fields, Sara Gallo, Rose Iiannaccone, Alex Levy, Maryella Maloney, Zac Norton, Jonathan Ragsdale, Frankie Paparone, and Heather Jane Rolff.
Directing Mamma Mia! is Larry Raben. Raben returns to the The Gateway after directing the 2015 hit, Nice Work If You Can Get It, for which he received an IRNE (Independent Reviewers of New England) nomination for Best Direction. Raben most recently directed Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks for Coyote StageWorks, and Thoroughly Modern Millie for Performance Riverside. He directed the world premiere of Tony winner Joe DiPietro's Falling For Eve off-Broadway at The York Theatre, and Titanic, the Musical at Moonlight Amphitheatre. A founding member of Coyote StageWorks in Palm Springs, Raben has also authored a children's book, Ibby Makes A Wish.
Choreography is by Richard Hinds. His work was last seen at Gateway in 2015 in Saturday Night Fever. Most notably, Hinds recently served as Associate Choreographer on Broadway for Come From Away, as well as Associate Director for Disney's Newsies.
Adam Koch returns to The Gateway as Set Designer for Mamma Mia!. Koch previously designed the sets for the The Gateway Productions of Sister Act and Saturday Night Fever in 2015. Keith Levenson will conduct. John "JP" Pollard will be the Production Stage Manager. Lighting Design is by Doug Harry.