Tony Winner Judy Kaye to Depart Mamma Mia! in October

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25 Jun 2003

Judy Kaye
Judy Kaye
Mamma Mia! will lose another leading lady when Judy Kaye departs the hit musical Oct. 19.

Louise Pitre, who portrays Donna in the musical, will end her run in the ABBA musical that day as well. Both Pitre and Kaye were Tony nominated for their performances. Dee Hoty will replace Pitre beginning Oct. 22; a replacement for Kaye has yet to be announced.

About leaving the musical at the Winter Garden Theatre, Kaye recently said, "First I'm going to let my joints heal from all of the romping on the raked stage, play some golf, play in my garden, then look to the next adventure. I have numerous symphony concerts lined up. But, I'm sure I'll be back on Broadway in the not too distant future. I've loved every minute of Mamma Mia. Long may it dance!"

Judy Kaye plays the role of Rosie in the Broadway company of Mamma Mia!, a part for which she received a 2002 Tony Award nomination. Kaye won the Tony for her performance as Carlotta in the New York production of The Phantom of the Opera and also received a Theatre World Award for her work in On the Twentieth Century. Kaye also starred on Broadway in Ragtime, and her two solo recordings are titled "Diva by Diva" and "Songs from the Silver Screen."

Mamma Mia! plays the Winter Garden Theatre, which is located in New York City at 1634 Broadway. For tickets, call (212) 239-6262. Mamma Mia! is on the web at http://www.mamma mia.com.