MAMMA MIA! Opens at Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival
The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival (FLMTF) proudly launches its 60th Anniversary season with the global mega-hit Mamma Mia! The show runs June 6 through June 27 at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Emerson Park.
A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down memory lane you'll never forget! Mamma Mia! is a heartfelt, funny and vibrant musical about family and following your heart. This enchanting musical about love, laughter and friendship is set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Greek islands and underscored by ABBA's timeless songs, including "Dancing Queen," "Super Trouper," "Gimme, Gimme, Gimme," "Voulez Vous," "The Winner Takes It All" and of course the title hit, "Mamma Mia!"
Mamma Mia! will be directed and choreographed by Producing Artistic Director, Brett Smock, with Tony Neidenbach as assistant choreographer. Jeff Cox will serve as musical director. The show will feature scenic design by Michael Schweikardt, lighting design by Jose Santiago, costume design by Tiffany Howard, wig design by Alfonso Annotto, and sound design by Miles Polaski.
The cast includes Sally Wilfert (Broadway: Assassins, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, King David), who is returning to the Festival as Donna Sheridan after appearing as Margaret in The Light in the Piazza in 2016 and Miss Mona in last year's Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Nicolette Hart (Broadway: Million Dollar Quartet, Legally Blonde, Rent) will play Tanya and Jodi Kimura (First National Tour UK & USA: South Pacific, From Here to Eternity/Ogunquit Playhouse) will make her Festival debut as Rosie. The three dads will be played by Joe Gately (Babes in Arms/Musicals Tonight) as the rugged Bill Austin,Geoffrey Allen Murphy (Broadway: The Nance, War Horse) as headbanger Harry Bright, and Gary Milner (Broadway: Doctor Zhivago, West End: Mamma Mia!, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Evita, Chicago, Anything Goes) as architect Sam Carmichael. Sophie and Sky will be played by Emily Kristen Morris andMichael Williams, respectively.
The ensemble will feature: Elle-May Patterson, Jodie Ann Evans, Hannah Jewel Kohn, Stephanie Feeback, Alec Michael Ryan, Andy Garcia, Justin Haupt, Jacob Roberts-Miller, Sam Stoll, Hamilton Moore, Morgan Blanchard, Elaine Cotter, Caroline Kane, Melanie Sierra, Renée Jackson, Wesley Barnes, Erin Rubico, and Cameron Turner.
The 60th Anniversary season also includes Anne of Green Gables: A New Folk Rock Musical (July 5-25), Holiday Inn (Aug. 1-22), Murder for Two (Aug. 29-Sept. 15), and Beehive (Sept. 21-Oct. 6).
Tickets for Mamma Mia! are extremely limited, and can be purchased by phone at 315-255-1785 or toll free at 1-800-457-8897, and online at FingerLakesMTF.com.
Photo Credit: Ron Heerkens Jr