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MAMMA MIA! Announces New Principal Casting Starting Jun 6, 2011

BROADWAY’S SMASH HIT MAMMA MIA! 
ANNOUNCES NEW PRINCIPAL CASTING

JOHN HEMPHILL as “Sam Carmichael”

DAVID BEACH as “Harry Bright”

JORDAN DEAN as “Sky”

JACOB PINION as “Pepper”

Beginning Performances Monday, June 6, 2011

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Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ global hit musical MAMMA MIA!, now in its 10th smash year on Broadway,  will welcome new principals John Hemphill, David BeachJordan Dean and Jacob Pinion to the Winter Garden Theatre (1634 Broadway) on Monday, June 6, 2011.

John Hemphill will make his Broadway debut as “Sam Carmichael” following starring in the MAMMA MIA! national tour. Broadway veteran Lisa Brescia (WickedAidaThe Woman in White), continues  opposite him in her starring role as “Donna Sheridan.”

David Beach (Broadway’s Urinetown) returns to the MAMMA MIA!  Broadway company as “Harry Bright,” and Patrick Boll (Faith Healer) continues as “Bill Austin,” rounding out the trio of men from Donna’s past who are Sophie’s three possible dads.

Liana Hunt continues in her Broadway debut performance as bride-to-be “Sophie Sheridan,” following starring in the role on the U.S. national tour. Jordan Dean (Broadway’s Cymbeline) joins the cast as her fiancé “Sky.” Jacob Pinion will make his Broadway debut as “Sky’s” sidekick “Pepper.”

Judy McLane (ChessKiss of the Spiderwoman) and Jennifer Perry (Broadway debut) continue as “Tanya” and “Rosie,” Donna’s best friends and former back-up band known as “Donna and the Dynamos” who reunite on a Greek island for the wedding of Donna’s daughter, Sophie.

Seen by over 45 million people around the world, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ global smash hit musical MAMMA MIA!, is celebrating over 4,000 performances in its tenth smash hit year at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre and remains among Broadway’s top  selling musicals. The current North American Tour has played over 3,600 performances in over 135 cities with 145 repeat visits. The original West End production of MAMMA MIA! is now in its twelfth year and has celebrated over 5,000 performances in London and the international tour has visited more than 50 foreign cities and been seen by 3.7 million people. The blockbuster feature film adaptation of MAMMA MIA!, produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman, is the most successful movie musical of all time grossing $600 million worldwide.

With a worldwide gross of over $2 Billion, MAMMA MIA! is acclaimed by the Associated Press as “quite simply, a phenomenon.”

The Broadway company of MAMMA  MIA! also features Catherine Ricafort (Ali), Monica Kapoor (Lisa), Andrew Chappelle (Eddie), Meredith AkinsBrent BlackTimothy BoothAllyson CarrFelicity ClaireMark DancewiczMichelle DawsonStacia FernandezAdrienne Jean FisherNatalie GalloJon-Erik GoldbergTony GonzalezAlbert GuerzonBryan Scott JohnsonCorinne MelançonJanet RothermelGerard SalvadorRyan SanderSharone Sayegh,Allison StrongBlake Whyte and Leah Zepel.

Inspired by the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs, writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale of family and friendship unfolds on a tiny Greek island.  On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.  Songs including “Dancing Queen”; “The Winner Takes It All”; “Money, Money, Money” and “Take A Chance on Me” are all featured in this feel-good night of fun and laughter.

Produced by Judy Craymer, Richard East and Björn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal, the creative team responsible for bringing MAMMA MIA! to theatrical life includes some of the most gifted and celebrated talents of musical theatre and opera. With music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn UlvaeusMAMMA MIA! is written by Catherine Johnson and directed by Phyllida Lloyd. MAMMA MIA! has choreography by Anthony Van Laast, production design byMark Thompson, lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruce and Bobby Aitken, and musical supervision, additional material and arrangements by Martin Koch.

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BIOGRAPHIES

JOHN HEMPHILL (Sam Carmichael). Broadway debut. National Tour: Mamma Mia!.  Regional: The Foreigner, Urinetown, A Little Night Music, Three Sisters, The Laramie Project.  Film: Zodiac (Warner Brothers). Television: “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Big Love,” “Castle,” “Criminal Minds,” “Las Vegas,” “Monk”.

DAVID BEACH (Harry Bright) is delighted to return to Mamma Mia! Broadwaycredits include Urinetown and Moon Over Buffalo (original companies). TV and film  credits include “Delocated,” “Blue Bloods,”“The Sopranos,” “Law & Order,” Jonathan Parker’s (Untitled), Firetrap, I HateValentine’s Day, “Rescue Me,” “Sex and the City,” “Dharma & Greg,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “Ed.” Off-Broadway and regional roles include Opus (Primary Stages), Cedar  City Falls, Message to Michael(Rattlestick),Souvenir (Kitchen Theatre), The Family Business (Martha Banta, dir.), Ying Tong (Wilma Theater). Education: Dartmouth College and LAMDA.

JORDAN DEAN (Sky) Broadway: Cymbeline (LCT). Off-Broadway: The New Century (LCT), As You Like It (NYSF), The Free Zone (UBU Rep), and Six Characters... Regional: The Corn is GreenAn Enemy of the People (Williamstown) TV: “Guiding Light,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Law & Order: CI.” Film: Twylight ZonesBurning BlueVirgin Alexander (all upcoming) and Jersey Girl. Training: Carnegie Mellon University.

JACOB PINION (Pepper). Broadway debut. Theatre: Evita (Northern Stage), The Last Castrato (Gap in the Wall), You’re Invited (showcase, Old Vic), 999 BC (reading, York Theatre), The Bacchae (Warsaw Fringe), Violet (Actors Theatre Charlotte). Film: Lilith, The Site, The Best Day. BFA in drama and musical theatre from NYU Tisch.

 

For tickets, schedule and information about MAMMA MIA!:  http://www.mammamianorthamerica.com/