Casting has been announced for the farewell North American tour of Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus' Mamma Mia!, the international hit musical based on the songs of ABBA. The non-Equity tour will launch September 28 in Orange, TX, at the Lutcher Theatre.
Leading the cast of 30 will be Betsy Padamonsky as Donna Sheridan, the independent single mother whose carefree past catches up with her on the eve of her daughter's wedding. Bride-to-be Sophie Sheridan will be played by Lizzie Markson; her fiancé Sky will be played by Dustin Harris Smith.
Sarah Smith and Cashelle Butler will play Donna's best friends and former back-up band, Rosie and Tanya, respectively, who reunite on the island for Sophie's wedding. The three men from Donna's past and Sophie’s possible dads are Shai Yammanee (Sam Carmichael), Marc Cornes (Bill Austin) and Andrew Tebo (Harry Bright). The principal cast will also include Chloe Kounadis (Ali), Niki Badua (Lisa), Austin Michael (Pepper) and Max Ehrlich (Eddie).
The ensemble features Kylie Brunngraber, Juan Guillen, Joshua Taylor Hamilton, Stephanie Inglese, Matthew Janisse, Marcus John, Cori Cable Kidder, Danny Lopez, Gabriella Marchion, Luke Monday, Catherine Nickerson, Alicia Osborn, Carlina Parker, Yael Reich, Alex Sheets, Julia Cassandra Smith, Ian Taylor and Brian Whitehill.
Mamma Mia! is produced by Work Light Productions, whose other touring productions include Cinderella, RENT 20th Anniversary Tour, Motown, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Vocalosity and Something Rotten!
The original production of Mamma Mia! was produced by Judy Craymer, Richard East and Björn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal. With music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, Mamma Mia! is written by Catherine Johnson and directed by Phyllida Lloyd. The musical 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.
For additional information and tour route, visit www.mammamiaontour.com.