"Voulez-vous?": Mamma Mia! to Open in Paris in October; Casting Announced

News   "Voulez-vous?": Mamma Mia! to Open in Paris in October; Casting Announced Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus' hit musical Mamma Mia! will open at Paris' Theatre Mogador Oct. 28.

Sophie Delmas
Sophie Delmas

The Paris company will be headed by Sophie Delmas (seen in the French musical version of Gone With The Wind) as Donna Sheridan and Laurence Olivier Award nominee Jérôme Pradon (whose West End credits include Pacific Overtures, The Lord of The Rings and Les Misérables) as Sam Carmichael. The cast also features Marion Posta (Tanya), Karen Gluck (Rosie), Francis Boulogne (Bill Austin), Gaëlle Gauthier (Sophie), Patrick Mazet (Harry Bright), Dan Menasche (Sky), Emmanuelle Bouaziz (Ali), Vanessa Cailhol (Lisa), Tristan Chapelais (Pepper) and Sylvain Mathis (Eddie).

The ensemble comprises Gaetan Borg, Fred Colas, Etienne Ducamain, Lorelyne Foty, Melina Mariale, Jérémy Petit, Bruno Desplanche, David Sollazzo, Alix Briseïs, Maryse Boiteau, Olivier Rey, Noémie François, Carole Dreant, Fabrice Cazaux, Céline Legendre Herda, Julien Mercier and Lucile Bourdon.

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 Paris production will be performed entirely in French.

The musical was a hit in London, where it still plays, before arriving on Broadway. The production also spawned a hit film starring Oscar winner Meryl Streep. Stage Entertainment France, a subsidiary of Stage Entertainment, will produce the show in France. This will mark their fourth venture into the Parisian theatre world after Cabaret, The Lion King and Zorro. Mamma Mia! will offer performances Tuesday-Saturday evenings at 8 PM and Saturdays and Sundays at 5 PM. Tickets, priced €25-€82, are available by calling 33820 88 87 86.

Visit www.mamma-mia.fr for more information.

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Stéphane Ly-Cuong is a Paris-based freelance writer and director.

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