Justin Guarini Joins MAMMA MIA! at The Muny; Full Cast Announced!

The Muny announced today the complete cast for its production of Mamma Mia! directed by Dan Knechtges, choreographed by Jessica Hartman and music directed by Michael Horsley.

"I can't imagine a better, more talented group of artists to be trapped on a disco-laden desert island with," said Muny Artistic Director and Executive Producer Mike Isaacson. "This is going to be so much fun."

Justin Guarini (Sam Carmichael) will join the previously announced Julia Murney (Donna), Ann Harada (Rosie), Jenny Powers (Tanya), Mike McGowan (Bill Austin), Ben Nordstrom (Harry Bright), Jason Gotay (Sky) and Brittany Zeinstra (Sophie). With Alexander Aguilar, Sara Gallo, Michael Samarie George, Kate Arrington Johnson, Wonza Johnson, Sean Jones, Alex Larson, Yvette Lu, Tyler McKenzie, Jessie Peltier, Riza Takahashi, Raven Thomas, Daryl Tofa, Halli Toland, Brion Watson and Kevin Zak. The company will also be joined by The Muny teen youth ensemble and the Muny/Webster Intensive participants.

Scenic design is by Tim Mackabee, with costume design by Leon Dobkowski, lighting design by Nathan W. Scheuer, sound design by John Shivers and David Patridge, and video design by Greg Emetaz. Wig design is by John Metzner and the production stage manager is Larry Smiglewski. Mamma Mia! is proudly sponsored by US Bank.

JUSTIN GUARINI (Sam Carmichael) The Muny: Chicago (Billy Flynn),
Joseph...Dreamcoat (Joseph). Broadway: Wicked (Fiyero), Romeo & Juliet (Paris), American Idiot (Will), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Carlos, original cast). Regional: Moonshine (world premiere, Gordy), Company (Bobby), Paint Your Wagon (Julio), Ghost Brothers of Darkland County (world premiere, Drake), Rent (Roger), It's A Wonderful Life (Jake). Solo albums: Justin Guarini (RCA Records), Stranger Things Have
Happened. Film: Fast Girl (Darryl), From Justin to Kelly (Justin) TV: American Idol season 1 (Fox), Run of the House (Fox), Wizards of Waverly Place (Disney), TV Guide Network (host). www.justinguarini.com

After 14 years and nearly 6,000 performances on Broadway, the worldwide megahit Mamma Mia! sails into The Muny like a breath of fresh island air. Set on the Greek island of Kalokairi, Sophie, a 20-year-old bride-to-be, is on the search for her father. After reading her mother's diary, she discovers there are three potential suitors. Unbeknownst to her mother, Donna, Sophie invites each of them to the island in hopes of having one of them walk her down the aisle. As the big day draws near, emotions run high, surprises abound and old flames burn just as strong as new. This feel-good show, packed with 22 ABBA hits, will have Muny audiences leaving singing "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!" more!

Photo by Jennifer Broski

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