Vegas Mamma Mia!, with Johnson, Extends to January 2009

The Las Vegas production of Mamma Mia!, which was scheduled to end its run at the Mandalay Bay Theatre in August, has just extended its stay through Jan. 4, 2009.

Carol Linnea Johnson in Mamma Mia!
Carol Linnea Johnson in Mamma Mia!

Carol Linnae Johnson, who plays the lead role of Donna Sheridan, has also extended her contract for another year. The Vegas production of the international hit musical will celebrate its fifth anniversary Feb. 8.

In a statement Mamma Mia! producer Judy Craymer said, "2008 will be a remarkable year for Mamma Mia! This February marks the 5th anniversary of the show in Las Vegas, and this July sees the nationwide release of the movie adaptation of Mamma Mia! I feel very proud that the show remains an anchor entertainment on The Strip at Mandalay Bay and it has paved the way for other blockbuster shows from London and Broadway to be able to play in Las Vegas. We have been very fortunate in partnering with Mandalay Bay, who continues to support and promote Mamma Mia! in every possible way with us."

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 show 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. In New York, the musical plays the Winter Garden Theatre, which is located at 1634 Broadway.

The performance schedule at the Mandalay Bay Theatre is Sunday-Thursday at 7:30 PM and Saturday at 6 and 10 PM.

Tickets, priced $49.50-$110, are available by calling (800) 632-7400 or (702) 474-4000 or by visiting or

Vicki Van Tassel, Carol Linnea Johnson and Robin Baxter in <i>Mamma Mia!</i>
Vicki Van Tassel, Carol Linnea Johnson and Robin Baxter in Mamma Mia!