Avenue Q’s Tony nominated actor John Tartaglia directs and Broadway’s Shannon Lewis choreographs this all-new production
Bucks County Playhouse continues its 80th Anniversary Season with an all-new production of the high-energy, international musical sensation, “Mamma Mia!” Directed by Tony-nominated actor and Upper Dublin graduate John Tartaglia and choreographed by Broadway’s Shannon Lewis, the musical previews June 28 with an official opening performance on Sunday, June 30 at 5:00 pm and performs through August 3. The 2019 Bucks County Playhouse Season is sponsored by Bank of America.
Executive Producer Robyn Goodman, Producing Director Alexander Fraser and Producer Josh Fiedler recently announced details on the casting and creative team of “Mamma Mia!,” which building on the record-breaking success of the last few years, will be the largest musical produced at the venue since the Playhouse reopened in 2012.
“There is no better summer musical than ‘Mamma Mia!,” says Producer Josh Fiedler. “The past two summers have been record-breakers for the Playhouse — with audiences embracing our musical productions of “Guys and Dolls,” “42nd Street” and “Million Dollar Quartet.” This year is no exception. We are already seeing tremendous ticket demand for “Mamma Mia!” and we can’t wait to share this exceptional creative team’s take on this popular musical with our loyal audiences.”
Mamma Mia! is the world-wide sensation that has audiences dancing everywhere! Set on a beautiful Greek isle on the eve of her wedding, Sophie invites three men from her mother’s past to try to discover the identity of her father. Told through the music of ABBA, it features 22 of their greatest hits such hits as “Voulez-Vous,” “Take a Chance on Me” and “Dancing Queen” — building to a finale that simply can’t be missed!
Michelle Dawson (Broadway’s “Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Ragtime”) is Donna. Also starring is Sara Masterson (“Next to Normal” at Syracuse Stage) as Sophie, Devin Lewis (“Newsies: Live!”) as Sky, Terra C. MacLeod (Broadway’s “Chicago”) as Tanya, Danielle Lee Greaves (Broadway’s “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Rent”, “Hairspray”) as Rosie, Michael Hunsaker (National Tour, “Ragtime”) as Sam, Peter Saide (Las Vegas’ “Jersey Boys,” “Desperate Measures” Off-Broadway) as Bill, Michael Dean Morgan (Bucks County Playhouse’s “National Pastime” and Broadway’s “Amazing Grace”) as Harry.
Ryan Ballard, Taylor Broadard, Ian Campayno, Sy Chounchaisit, Alec Cohen, Jillian Hope Ferguson, Julia Joy, Kathleen Laituri, Francesca Mancuso, McKenzie Sherman, Greg Sim, Caden Thomas, Julius Williams round out the ensemble. Kuppi Jessop and Makenna Stergion serve as Swings.
Bucks County Playhouse Artistic Associate Anna Louizos is Scenic Designer. Lighting Designer is Gina Scherr. Costume designer is Ashley Rose Horton. Hair and Wig Designer is Ashley Rae Callahan. Bart Fasbender is Sound Designer. Casting is by Geoff Josselson, CSA. William Shuler is Music Director. Christie Kelly is Props Master. Allison Hassman is Production Stage Manager.
The production will play the following schedule: Tuesdays at 7:30 pm (plus an additional matinee performance Tuesday, July 30 at 2:00 pm), Wednesdays at 2:00 pm, Thursdays at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm, Fridays at 8:00 pm (except Friday, July 5 and Friday, August 2 which will be at 7:00 pm with New Hope Fireworks following the show), Saturdays at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 2:00 pm (except Sunday, June 30) . There is an additional matinee on Friday, July 5 at 2:00 pm The opening performance will be held Sunday, June 30 at 5:00 pm.
Single tickets to “Mamma Mia!” are on sale now. Tickets range from $60 – $85. Special rates for groups of 10 or more. Season ticket packages are still available. Some performances have limited availability. For complete details, and to purchase tickets, please visit buckscountyplayhouse.org, call 215-862-2121, or visit the box office at 70 South Main Street, New Hope, PA.
ABOUT BUCKS COUNTY PLAYHOUSE
Bucks County Playhouse is a year-round, nonprofit theatre that has grown to a $6 million producing organization with an annual audience of more than 80,000. Founded in 1939 in a converted 1790 gristmill, Bucks County Playhouse quickly became “the most famous summer theatre in America,” featuring a roster of American theatrical royalty including Helen Hayes, George S. Kaufman, Moss Hart, Kitty Carlisle, Angela Lansbury, Alan Alda, Tyne Daly, Bernadette Peters, and Liza Minnelli and remained in continuous operation until 2010. In 2012, the Playhouse re-opened after a multi-million-dollar restoration thanks to the efforts of the Bridge Street Foundation, the nonprofit family foundation of Kevin and Sherri Daugherty. The Playhouse recently unveiled The Deck Restaurant and Bar, a 4,000 square foot Delaware-river facing addition to back of the Playhouse.
In 2014, Tony Award-winning producers Alexander Fraser, Robyn Goodman and Josh Fiedler took the helm of the Playhouse, and today the Playhouse has reclaimed its reputation of attracting Broadway and Hollywood artists. Its productions of “Company” starring Justin Guarini, and William Finn’s “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” were named by Wall Street Journal to its “Best of Theatre” list for 2015. In 2018, the Wall Street Journal again hailed the Playhouse and Artistic Associate Hunter Foster in its Best of the Year listings for its production of “42nd Street.” The 2017 season included four world premieres and audiences grew by over 34%. Box office record has been repeatedly broken by signature productions of “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” “Steel Magnolias” directed by Marsha Mason, and “Million Dollar Quartet,” “42nd Street,” and “Guys & Dolls” directed by Hunter Foster. The creative teams who come to create new productions at the Playhouse are among the most talented artists working in the professional theatre today and relish the opportunity to work on the historic stage where Grace Kelly, Robert Redford, and Jessica Walter began their careers.