MAMMA MIA! Concludes 3-D Theatricals 2017-18 Season
3-D Theatricals of Los Angeles concludes its 2017-2018 Season with the international smash hit Mamma Mia!, dazzling audiences on stage from August 3 - 12 (with an official press opening August 4) at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center and August 17 - 26 at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.
This sunny, funny, international sensation unfolds on a Greek island paradise when on the eve of her wedding, a young woman'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. Non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers, along with the magic of ABBA's 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," combine to make this enchanting show a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!
Mamma Mia! came to fruition under the idea of theatre producer Judy Craymer. After seeing the 1983 musical, Chess, for which Abba's Andersson and Ulvaeus also wrote the music, she asked to sit down with them and talk about future plans. When she heard their song "The Winner Takes It All," she realized the theatrical potential of the group's pop songs. Although the composers were initially not enthusiastic about the idea, they commissioned her to go forward with their work. Craymer then recruited playwright Catherine Johnson to write the book and took on Phyllida Lloyd as the director of the original London production. The musical opened on Broadway in 2001 and closed in 2015 having played 5,773 performances. It has played in more than 50 countries on 6 continents and has been translated into 22 languages reaching over 60 million people worldwide. Mamma Mia! has set the record for premiering in more cities faster than any other musical in history. In 2002 it was nominated for 5 Tony Awards, 3 Drama Desk Awards, and 2 Outer Critics Circle Awards. The Chinese premiere at the Shanghai Grand Theatre on July 11, 2011, was the first time a contemporary Western musical was presented in Chinese in Shanghai. A film adaptation of Mamma Mia! was released in July 2008 featuring Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, and Pierce Brosnan. A sequel to the film is currently in release everywhere.
Sophina Brown* stars as Donna with Flynn Hayward as Sophie, Janna Cardia* as Tanya, Candi Milo* as Rosie, Martin Kildare* as Sam Carmichael, Corky Loupe as Harry Bright, Michael Cavinder as Bill Austin, Clayton Jones as Sky, Tatiana Monique Alvarez as Ali, Renna Nightingale as Lisa, Noah Rivera* as Pepper and Ernie Figueroa as Eddie. Ensemble members include: Brielle Batino, Chris Bona, Markesha Chatfield, Callum Gugger, Natalie Iscovich* (Dance Captain), Robert Laos, Timothy H. Lee, A.J. Mendoza, Nick Morganella, Jessica Ordaz, Christina Papandrea, Kelly Powers Figueroa, Dayna Sauble and Rodrigo Varandas (who will also portray Father Alexandrios). *Denotes Members of Actors Equity Association.
Broadway's David F.M. Vaughn directs, supported by Allen Everman (Music Director/Conductor), Dana Solimando (Choreographer), Jack Boyle (Assistant Director), Los Angeles Musicians Collective (Musical Contractor), Nicole Wessel* (Production Stage Manager), Terry Hanrahan*(Assistant Stage Manager), Stephen Gifford (Set Design), Jean-Yves Tessier (Lighting Design), Julie Ferrin (Sound Designer), Alexandra Johnson (Costume Designer) and Properties Co-Designers Gretchen Morales and Melanie Cavaness.
*Denotes Members of Actors Equity Association.
T.J. Dawson (Producer / Artistic Director), Gretchen Dawson (Co-Founder), Daniel Dawson Co-Founder), Jeanette Dawson (Co-Founder), Terry Hanrahan* (Production Manager), David Jordan Nestor (Company Manager), Gigi Fusco Meese (Community Relations), Julian Roca Marketing), Amber Snead (Casting Director), Eric Schilling (Rentals and Warehouse Manager), Jennifer Nelson (Box Office Manager), Grace Teddy (Box Office Associate) and Michael Sterling (Publicity and Public Relations). Denotes Members of Actors Equity Association.
Tickets are on sale now for $25.00 - $105.00. Online Ticketing: www.3dtheatricals.org, Ticket Handling Fee: $3 per ticket. - Group and Student discounts are available. $20 "Rush" tickets are available one hour prior to "select performances".
Photo Credit: Julian Roca