MAMMA MIA! Makes Its Sparkling Debut At STAGES
STAGES St. Louis continues its 32nd Season with the dazzling show MAMMA MIA!. Join STAGES July 20th through August 19th at the Robert G. Reim Theatre in Kirkwood for this romantic, funny, and festive musical.
Making its STAGES debut, MAMMA MIA! uses the music of ABBA to tell the hilarious and touching tale of a teen's search for her birth father on a Greek Island paradise. See why 54 million people all around the world have fallen in love with this pop-music phenomenon of a mother, a daughter, three possible dads, and an unforgettable trip down the aisle! Chock full of explosive dance numbers, you'll want to unleash your inner "Dancing Queen" with such ABBA hits as "Winner Takes It All," "Take A Chance On Me," and the smash title tune, "Mamma Mia." This enchanting tale of love between mothers and daughters, laughter between old friends, and a celebration of newly found family is a guaranteed non-stop party that you won't want to miss!
Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus are behind the music and lyrics. In the mid 1990s Ulvaeus began work on another collaboration with Andersson, Mamma Mia! - a musical built around 24 of ABBA's songs. The show became a worldwide box-office blockbuster. Since its premiere on London's West End in April 1999, Mamma Mia! has been seen by over 50 million people in more than 300 cities around the world. The book is by playwright Catherine Johnson who also wrote the Screen Play for the MAMMA MIA! movie.
Returning to STAGES and Starring in MAMMA MIA! is Corinne Melançon as Donna Sheridan. Corinne is reprising this role after 11 years in MAMMA MIA! on Broadway, where she appeared as Donna, Tanya, and Rosie. Summerisa Bell Stevens returns to STAGES as Sophie Sheridan. Summerisa was last seen as Doralee in STAGES production of 9 TO 5, which won her the 2018 Broadway World Award for Best Actress.
Steve Isom as Bill Austin has been a familiar face on the STAGES stage since 1994, most recently seen this year in STAGES season opener, I DO! I DO!. STAGES is excited to have Gregg Goodbrod make his company debut as Sam Carmichael. He was seen on Broadway in 9 TO 5 and in the production's first National Tour!David Schmittou as Harry Bright returns for his 17th season at STAGES after delighting audiences as Michael in STAGES 2018 Season production of I DO! I DO!. Dana Winkle as Tanya returns to STAGES where she most recently captured audiences as Kitty in THE DROWSY CHAPERONE. Last seen as Deloris Van Cartier in the STAGES production of SISTER ACT, Dan'yelle Williamson is delighted to return as Rosie.
Making her STAGES debut is Aisling Halpin as Ali. She has been seen in the touring productions of A CHORUS LINE and CABARET, to name a few. Mariah Studebaker continues her STAGES debut after a wonderful performance in MADAGASCAR in June as part of STAGES Emerson Family Theatre Series.
David Sajewich as Sky comes back home to STAGES where he was last seen in SOUTH PACIFIC and THE FULL MONTY. Returning to STAGES after keeping audiences laughing in MADAGASCAR is Kyle Pollak as Pepper. Joining the STAGES family is Frankie Thams as Eddie. Frankie has been seen in productions of JOSEPH AND THE TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT as Joseph at Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre. John Flack as Father Alexandrios is a St. Louis favorite making his STAGES debut in 1990 as the title role in SNOOPY.
The ensemble of MAMMA MIA! includes Galyana Castillo, Kari Ely, Liz Friedmann, Patrick Graver, Erik Keiser, Jonathan Kwock, Claire Logan, Hamilton Moore, Karilyn Ashley Surratt (Dance Captain), and Daniel Scott Walton.
The creative team for the production includes: Michael Hamilton (Director), Tony Gonzalez (Choreography), Lisa Campbell Albert (Musical Direction), James Wolk (Scenic Design), Brad Musgrove (Costume Design), Sean M. Savoie (Lighting Design), and Stuart M. Elmore (Orchestral Design).
Complete biographical information is listed on STAGES' website at www.StagesStLouis.org
New York Casting is done by Scott Wojcik and Gayle Seay of Wojcik/Seay Casting.