The global musical phenomenon, MAMMA MIA! having played sold out seasons across the country, is finishing off its successful Australian tour at the Festival Theatre at Adelaide Festival Centre from October 9.
The production has been recognised in this year’s Helpmann Award nominations for Best Musical, Best Choreography, Best Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical and Best Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical.
This exciting new production is produced in Australia by Michael Coppel, Louise Withers and Linda Bewick.
“MAMMA MIA! is exactly what we all need - an uplifting, fun-filled, heartfelt night at the theatre which puts a smile on your face and a spring in your step. The timeless tracks of ABBA never fail to bring joy to audiences across the world and we are delighted to be producing MAMMA MIA! once again across Australia. We are also thrilled with the incredibly talented creative team and cast we have assembled to bring this story and these songs to life on stage night after night.” Withers says.
Having just received a Helpmann Award nomination for this role, starring in this brand new Australian production as mother-of-the-bride Donna Sheridan is Natalie O’Donnell. Natalie began her acting career in 1998 with her professional debut in the Australian production of Les Misérables. Since then she has sustained a remarkable career in theatre, television and film across the world.
She has starred in many musicals including most recently in Australia in Jerry’s Girls, Songs for a New World and Next to Normal. Most poignantly Natalie starred in the original Australian production of MAMMA MIA! as Sophie in 2001.
In the role of Donna’s daughter and bride-to-be Sophie, is emerging young Australian actor Sarah Morrison. In early 2017 Sarah completed a sell-out national tour in the Australian musical Ladies in Black starring in the lead role of Lisa.
Starring as Donna’s vivacious and loyal friend Rosie is Alicia Gardiner who has extensive career highlights in theatre, television and film and is best known to Australian audiences for her role as nurse Kim Akerholt in the award-winning series Offspring.
Jayde Westaby joins the Dynamo trio in the role of much-married friend Tanya. Jayde, originally from the UK, has enjoyed a career on London’s West End appearing in The Rocky Horror Show, Chicago, Sweet Charity, Jersey Boys and Grease amongst others.
Award winning actor Ian Stenlake stars as one of Sophie’s unsuspecting fathers Sam Carmichael, which has also brought Ian a Helpmann Award nomination. Ian has sustained an extensive television career over the years, including starring roles in the Nine Network’s Sea Patrol for five seasons as Lieutenant Commander Mike Flynn, furthermore in Stingers, Murder Call and Dance Academy.
Stage and screen actor Phillip Lowe plays Harry Bright another man from Donna’s past who could be Sophie’s father. Phillip has appeared in many theatre productions including Crazy for You, Cabaret, Mary Poppins, High Society and recently starred in Georgy Girl - The Seekers Musical portraying Seeker Keith Potger.
Josef Ber, acclaimed theatre and screen actor plays Bill Austin the third potential father in the light-hearted story. Josef has appeared in many and varied theatre, television and film productions including Ned, Rush and Redfern Now.
Sophie’s adoring fiancé Sky is played by Stephen Mahy who’s career spans roles in musical theatre productions such as Miss Saigon, Jersey Boys, The Rocky Horror Show and Grease. In addition, Monique Sallé plays the role of Ali, Jessica Di Costa as Lisa, Sam Hooper as Pepper and Alex Gibson-Giorgio plays Eddie alongside an incredible supporting cast Stephen Anderson, Jadie Bastow, Dion Bilios, Du Toit Bredenkamp, Annie Chiswell, Matt Edwards, Josh Gates, Catty Hamilton, Matt Hamilton, Emma Hawthorne, Zoë Komazec, Sarah Kate Landy, Courtney Monsma, Clay Roberts, Leigh Sleightholme, Thalia Smith, Lisa Sontag and Zachary Webster.
Set on a Greek island and inspired by the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs, writer Catherine Johnson’s tale centres around a young bride-to-be. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. A celebration of love, laughter and friendship, MAMMA MIA! is a fabulous night out for audiences of all ages.