MAMMA MIA 5: Chaffin's Barn's Arnold, Frey and Zanotti

MAMMA MIA 5: Chaffin's Barn's Arnold, Frey and Zanotti

Broadway vet Rachel Potter stars with the nine-time First Night Award-winning Martha Wilkinson (a 2015 First Night Honoree) in the upcoming Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre production of Mamma Mia!, the hit musical set to a score of ABBA's biggest hits. Mamma Mia! runs September 7-October 21 at Nashville's iconic dinner theatre.

Opening on Broadway in October 2001 - just weeks after 9/11 - the musical provided a much-needed dose of escapism to a battered New York City theatre scene still reeling from the attacks of September 11. It went on to run for 14 years on the main stem, with some 5,773 performances to its credit. The North American touring production, which opened in Providence, Rhode Island, in 2002, continued until its final performance in St. Louis on July 30 of this year, racking up in excess of 4,000 performances along the way.

MAMMA MIA 5: Chaffin's Barn's Arnold, Frey and Zanotti
Rachel Potter and Taylor Novak

Starring Broadway veteran and former X Factor finalist Rachel Potter as Sophie and Martha Wilkinson as Donna, Mamma Mia! tells the comic story of bride-to-be Sophie and the hilarity surrounding her wedding on a Greek island paradise. The magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship, creating a trip down the aisle audiences will never forget!

Bradley Moore directs, with choreography by Everett Tarlton and music direction by Kelsi Fulton.

Chaffin's Barn's production of Mamma Mia! will include 30 performances, staged on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, as well as Thursday matinees, with one special Sunday matinee on September 17. Reservations for Mamma Mia! are now available via www.ChaffinsBarnTheatre.com.

In addition to Potter and Wilkinson, the cast include Gracie McGraw, Meggan Utech, Jenny Norris-Light, Cat Arnold, Taylor Novak, Will Pope, Austin Olive, Greg Frey, David Arnold, Geoff Davin, Curtis Reed, Christina Candilora, Brett Cantrell, Anna Carroll, Heather Hershow, Jenna Pryor and Sarah Katherine.

In the coming days, leading up to opening night on Thursday, September 7, members of the cast take on our Mamma Mia 5 questions, to offer up some reasons for you to make sure you're in their audience through October 21. First up, today's edition features David Arnold, Greg Frey and Sarah Zanotti.

MAMMA MIA 5: Chaffin's Barn's Arnold, Frey and ZanottiDavid Arnold

What character do you play in Mamma Mia? Bill.

What's your favorite ABBA song? "Dancing Queen."

Why should people come see Mamma Mia? Amazing cast, fun music, and The Barn offers an incredibly immersive audience experience you can't get with traditional staging. The audience will live in the middle of the action!

Who's your favorite character in the show besides your own and why is that? Rosie. Not only because my beautiful and talented wife (Cat Arnold) is playing the role in this production, but I think Rosie is the anchor of the Dynamos. The stabilizing force. The character also goes on a journey of discovery during the course of the story finding herself caught up in the passion of her experience on the island.

Who would you want to play you in the film sequel to Mamma Mia? Will Ferrell.

MAMMA MIA 5: Chaffin's Barn's Arnold, Frey and ZanottiGreg Frey

What character do you play in Mamma Mia? I'm playing Harry, the starchy ex-lover banker who finds his "wild side" during his return visit to the island.

What's your favorite ABBA song? There are so many memorable songs in this show but I think my favorite is "Dancing Queen"...good vibes all around.

Why should people come see Mamma Mia? I think one unique aspect of this show is that it is done in the round. Since the staging is so different from the original, whether you have seen it before on Broadway or on tour, it's worth a revisit. The choreography, staging and cast is all top notch.

Who's your favorite character in the show besides your own and why is that? My favorite character in the show is probably Tanya- the spicy and tart friend of Donna. Tanya is played by Jenny Norris Light who is always fabulous.

Who would you want to play you in the film sequel to Mamma Mia? I think Nathan Lane would be a great actor to play the part of Harry.

MAMMA MIA 5: Chaffin's Barn's Arnold, Frey and ZanottiSarah Zanotti

What character do you play in Mamma Mia? Toula/ Ensemble character

What's your favorite ABBA song? "Dancing Queen."

Why should people come see Mamma Mia? This show is a vibrant story with fantastic songs and dances that will have you tapping your feet and bopping along the whole night.

Who's your favorite character in the show besides your own and why is that? I am big fan of the character Tanya! Who wouldn't want to be as a fun and fierce as her?

Who would you want to play you in the film sequel to Mamma Mia? I would want the one and only Anne Hathaway to play me in a Mamma Mia sequel.

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