Mamma Mia! Celebrates Eight Years on Broadway Oct. 18

By Andrew Gans
October 18, 2009

The hit Benny Andersson-Björn Ulvaeus musical Mamma Mia! celebrates eight years on Broadway Oct. 18 at the Winter Garden Theatre.

The musical is now the 13th longest-running show in Broadway history, having surpassed the record-breaking runs of Fiddler on the Roof; Hello, Dolly!; Annie; My Fair Lady and the original run of Cabaret.

The New York company currently features Tony winner Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone) as Donna Sheridan, Gypsy's John Dossett as Sam Carmichael, with Judy McLane (Tanya), Allison Briner (Rosie), Halle Morse (Lisa), Michael Mindlin (Pepper), Patrick Boll (Bill Austin), Alyse Alan Louis (Sophie), David Andrew Macdonald (Harry Bright) and Eric William Morris (Sky).

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 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.

The Winter Garden Theatre is located in Manhattan at 1634 Broadway. For more information visit