A spokesperson for the production confirmed that Pawk's final performance was Feb. 20, although no official reason was stated for her departure. The actress had originally been contracted to stay with the hit musical for a year.
Michele Pawk joined the Broadway company of Mamma Mia! on Oct. 19, 2005, the same day her husband, actor John Dossett, began his run as Sam Carmichael. A bruised vocal chord forced Pawk to take a leave of absence from the show, beginning Dec. 11, 2005. She rejoined the company Feb. 8, 2006.
The role of Donna Sheridan is now being played by Pawk's understudy, Corinne Melançon. The cast also features Carey Anderson as Sophie Sheridan, Judy McLane as Tanya, Olga Merediz as Rosie, Andy Kelso as Sky, David Beach as Harry Bright, Mark L. Montgomery as Bill Austin and John Dossett as Sam Carmichael.
Michele Pawk received a Tony Award for her performance in Hollywood Arms. She has also starred on The Great White Way in Mail, Crazy for You, Chicago, Triumph of Love, Cabaret and Seussical, and she was also seen in the out-of-town tryouts of Stephen Sondheim's Bounce.
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. The musical celebrated its fifth anniversary on Broadway Oct. 19, 2005. 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. For tickets, call (212) 239-6262. The musical offers performances Wednesday through Saturdays at 8 PM, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 2 and 7 PM.