Mamma Mia!, You're Five!

News   Mamma Mia!, You're Five! The New York production of Mamma Mia! — currently featuring two-time Tony nominee and Broadway favorite Carolee Carmello as hip mom Donna Sheridan — celebrates its fifth anniversary on Broadway at the Cadillac Winter Garden Theatre Oct. 18.
Carolee Carmello celebrates Mamma Mia!'s 5th anniversary on Broadway.
Carolee Carmello celebrates Mamma Mia!'s 5th anniversary on Broadway. Photo by Joan Marcus

The 7 PM performance of the international hit musical will benefit the Actors' Fund of America's Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative. A post-performance celebration will follow the show, which also currently features Lori Haley Fox as Rosie, Judy McLane as Tanya, Mark Montgomery as Bill Austin, David Beach as Harry Bright and David McDonald as Sam Carmichael with Carey Anderson (Sophie Sheridan), Andy Kelso (Sky), Ben Gettinger (Pepper), Samantha Eggers (Lisa), Veronica J. Kuehn (Ali) and Raymond J. Lee (Eddie).

The evening, according to press notes, "promises to be full of surprises and celebrity guests."

The Mamma Mia! anniversary is also being celebrated with the release of "Mamma Mia!, How Can I Resist You?," a 264-page hardback tome that features recollections by ABBA founding members Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus and Mamma Mia! producer and creator Judy Craymer. Packed with photos from both ABBA and Mamma Mia!'s private archives, the book explores how the musical was created and how it then became an international smash. Decca Broadway has also just released a special edition Mamma Mia! CD complete with bonus DVD.

Mamma Mia! employs the hit songs of famed pop group ABBA to tell the story of Sophie Sheridan, a young girl who hopes to discover the identity of her father. On the eve of her wedding, she brings three men from her mother Donna's past back to the Greek island they visited over two decades ago.

Mamma Mia! features music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, a book by Catherine Johnson, direction by Phyllida Lloyd and choreography by Anthony Van Laast. The musical plays the Winter Garden Theatre, which is located in New York City at 1634 Broadway. The Actors' Fund of America is the only national non-profit organization that provides for the social welfare of all entertainment professionals. Since 1996, The Actors’ Fund has focused on helping women in the industry who are coping with critical health concerns through The Fund's Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative. Initiated by Actors’ Fund Trustee Newman, the Women’s Health Initiative offers a roster of services to help women access health care and to coordinate support services. For more information visit www.actorsfund.org.

Tickets to the performance and post-show celebration are priced $250 and are available by calling (212) 221-7300, ext. 133. Tickets to the performance only, priced $62.50-$111.25, are available by visiting www.telecharge.com.

Judy McLane, Carolee Carmello and Olga Merediz star in <i>Mamma Mia!</i>
Judy McLane, Carolee Carmello and Olga Merediz star in Mamma Mia! Photo by Joan Marcus
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