Manolakos succeeds Carey Anderson — who played her final performance June 1 — in the role of Sophie Sheridan. Manolakos joins a cast that currently features Carolee Carmello as Donna, Judy McLane as Tanya, Gina Ferrall as Rosie, Andy Kelso as Sky, Ben Livingston as Harry, Pearce Bunting as Bill and Christopher Shyer as Sam.
Manolakos played Sophie in the national tour of Mamma Mia! Her regional credits include The Who's Tommy, The Wild Party, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Wizard of Oz.
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 plays the Winter Garden Theatre, which is located in New York City at 1634 Broadway.
Mamma Mia! became the 17th longest-running production in Broadway history May 16 when it surpassed My Fair Lady.
A film version of Mamma Mia! — starring Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan – will be released in July.
For more information visit www.mamma-mia.com.