Mamma Mia! Welcomes Dossett, Pawk, Anderson, Kelso and Merediz October 19
Husbands and wives starring opposite each other on the Broadway musical stage is a rarity. Over forty years ago Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme headlined Golden Rainbow, that same year Shirley Jones and Jack Cassidy bowed in Maggie Flynn and over twenty years ago Sandy Duncan and Don Correia starred in My One and Only.
Now, Tony Award® winning actress Michele Pawk (Hollywood Arms), star of the musicals Cabaret, Chicago and Seussical; playing Donna Sheridan opposite husband Tony Award® nominated actor John Dossett (Gypsy, Democracy) as Sam Carmichael are the new Lunts of Broadway!
In MAMMA MIA!, Sam returns to the Greek island where the young lovers met twenty years earlier. In real life, Dossett and Pawk first met while performing together in Lincoln Center's Hello Again in 1993 and have not worked together since.
Husband and wife were both nominated for 2003 Tony Awards®. Michele Pawk received her first nomination and win for her performance in Carrie Hamilton and Carol Burnett's Hollywood Arms, while John Dossett received a nomination for his work opposite Bernadette Peters' Rose in the Broadway revival of Gypsy.
Olga Merediz (Reckless, Man of LaMancha) joins the cast as Rosie and Judy McLane (Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Chess, Johnny Guitar) continues as Tanya, Donna's best friends and former back-up band who reunite for the wedding of Donna's daughter, Sophie.
Sophie Sheridan will be played by Carey Anderson, who comes direct from the National tour of MAMMA MIA!, where she understudied and performed the role of Sophie. Her fiancé, Sky, will be played by Andy Kelso. This will mark the Broadway debuts of both actors.
David Beach (Urinetown, Moon Over Buffalo) and Mark L. Montgomery (Off Broadway's Rose Rage) continue in the roles of Harry Bright and Bill Austin, the two other men from Donna's past.
Inspired by the story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs, Tony Award® nominated 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 three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited twenty 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.
With more productions playing simultaneously around the world than any other musical - eleven productions in six languages - MAMMA MIA! is the world's number one show! From West End smash to global phenomenon, MAMMA MIA! has been seen by over twenty three million people across North America, Australasia, Europe and Asia. MAMMA MIA! is acclaimed by the Associated Press as "quite simply, a phenomenon."
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.
Michele Pawk (Donna Sheridan). Broadway: Hollywood Arms (Tony Award Best featured actress), Chicago, Seussical, Cabaret (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), Triumph of Love, Crazy for You (Drama Desk nomination), Mail, A Little Night Music (New York City and Los Angeles Opera). Off-Broadway: Jon Robin Baitz' The Paris Letter, Reefer Madness, After the Fair, Hello Again, Merrily We Roll Along, john & jen. Regional: Bounce (Helen Hayes nomination), Hollywood Arms, Dirt, A Class Act (Japan). Film: Cradle Will Rock, Jeffrey, The Girl in the Watermelon, Flight of Black Angel. Television includes: "Law & Order," "Law & Order: SVU," "Quantum Leap," "Dear John," "Golden Girls." Recordings: Bounce, Seussical, Cabaret, Crazy for You, After the Fair, Hello Again, Merrily We Roll Along, Lost in Boston III, Broadway Bound, The Stephen Schwartz Album, The Stephen Sondheim Album and the Sherman Brothers Album.
John Dossett (Sam Carmichael). Broadway: Democracy, Gypsy (Tony, Drama Desk noms), Roundabout's The Constant Wife and An Almost Holy Picture, Dinner at Eight, Tom Sawyer, Ragtime, Prelude to a Kiss, Mastergate, Fifth of July, King of Schnorrers. Off-Broadway & Regional: A Little Night Music (Kennedy Center), Dinner with Friends (Variety Arts), Trudy Blue (MCC), Hello Again (LCT), Kiss of the Spiderwoman (First National Tour), How I Learned to Drive (Philadelphia Theatre Co.), Czolgoz (P.S. 122), Jungle Movie (One Dream), Elmer Gantry and Captains Courageous (Ford's Theatre). As a member of Circle Repertory Company: Reckless, Moonshot & Cosmos, Dalton's Back, Empty Hearts, Sunshine, El Salvador, Prelude to a Kiss, Childe Byron, The Diviners, Innocent Thoughts/Harmless Intentions and Richard II. TV: "Hack", "Law & Order", "Sex and the City", "Homocide", "JAG", "Blue Moon", "Clover", "Cracker Man", "L&O: SVU". Film: That Night, Nick & Jane, Longtime Companion and this summer's Little Manhattan.
Olga Merediz (Rosie) Broadway: Reckless, Man of LaMancha, Les Miserables, The Human Comedy. Off-Broadway: Taming of the Shrew, Lullaby and Goodnight, Women Without Men, The Hagaddah (All at The Public Theater/NYSF), The Special (Jewish Rep. Theatre), The Spinster From Tacna (INTAR), Thorn Hill (Westbeth Theatre) directed by John Cassavettes. Film: A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints, Imaginary Heroes, Changing Lanes, K-Pax, Apartment 5C (Cannes Film Festival Award), Music of the Heart, Center Stage, Isn't She Great, Evita, Requiem for a Dream, City of Hope, Angie, The Milagro Beanfield War, Marvin's Room. Television: recurring roles on "Hope and Faith" and "The Jury". Guest appearances on "Third Watch", "Law & Order", "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit", "Law & Order: Criminal Intent", "The Sopranos", "The George Lopez Show", "The Job", "100 Centre Street" and "The Sunshine Boys."
Carey Anderson (Sophie Sheridan) makes her Broadway debut direct from performing the role of Sophie on the U.S. national tour. Theatre: K.C. Downing in My Favorite Year; Mollie in The Girlfriend; Lizzie in Baby; Nellie in South Pacific and Donna in The Taffetas. Carey is a graduate of Millikin University.
ANDY KELSO (Sky) Broadway Debut. He has appeared regionally in Footloose (Ren/Chuck), The Drawer Boy (Miles), Big River (Young Fool) and Rock Odyssey. Film: The Producers. Originally from Denver, Andy is a graduate of The University of Northern Colorado.
MAMMA MIA! plays at the Cadillac Winter Garden Theatre (1654 Broadway) Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m.
TICKET PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
$56.25-$100. Prices include a $1.25 Shubert facility fee, available by calling the MAMMA MIA! hotline at (212) 563-5544 and (800) 432-7250; or in person at the Winter Garden Box Office, and online at www.telecharge.com/mamma-mia and www.mamma-mia.com
The original cast recording of MAMMA MIA! is available on Decca Broadway and has gone Platinum in the US, Australia and Korea, Double Platinum in Canada, Double Gold in the UK and Gold in Germany, Sweden and New Zealand.
For more information about MAMMA MIA! around the world, go to www.mamma-mia.com
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