After becoming the ninth longest-running musical with a 14-year Broadway run, and 15 years of touring productions, Moonlight Stage Productions will open its 38th season with the San Diego Regional Premiere of Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ smash musical hit “Mamma Mia!” based on the songs of ABBA.
Due to popular demand, Moonlight has added an additional performance for June 19. Tickets for the added show are on sale to subscribers now, and to the public on May 8. Subscriptions and single tickets for all other performances are on sale now at moonlightstage.com, or by calling 760-724-2110. Ticket prices range $17 – $57 with discounts for seniors, students, and military.
“We are thrilled to present the regional premiere of this global hit,” said Producing Artistic Director Steven Glaudini. “ ‘Mamma Mia!’ resounds with audiences because of the show’s infectious music and dazzling dance numbers. It is the longest-running jukebox musical in Broadway history, which is no surprise since it features ABBA’s best-known songs. It’s the perfect opener to our season.”
Moonlight’s production will feature Bets Malone as Donna Sheridan, Katie Sapper as Sophie Sheridan, Barbara Schoenhofer as Tanya, Karyn Overstreet as Rosie, Robert J. Townsend as Sam Carmichael, Lance Arthur Smith as Bill Austin, Jason W. Webb as Harry Bright, and Nicholas Sloan as Sky.
“Mamma Mia!” is helmed by Director and Choreographer John Vaughan with Musical Director and Conductor Lyndon Pugeda. Rounding out the artistic team is Lighting Designer Jean-Yves Tessier, Sound Designer Jim Zadai, Costume Coordinators Carlotta Malone, Roslyn Lehman, and Renetta Lloyd, Properties Designer Bonnie Durben, and Stage Manager Stanley D. Cohen.
Seen by more than 50 million people around the world, “Mamma Mia!” centers around Donna Sheridan, an independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island who is about to marry off Sophie, her spirited daughter who she has raised alone. For Sophie’s wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends – practical and no nonsense Rosie and wealthy and multi-divorcee Tanya – from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos. But Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own.
On a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle, Sophie brings back three men from Donna’s past to the Mediterranean paradise they visited 20 years earlier. Over 24 chaotic, magical hours, new love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled. Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA’s songs from “Dancing Queen” and “S.O.S.” to “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me” – not to mention the title song, “Mamma Mia!” is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends, and new family found.
Moonlight Stage Productions’ summer schedule continues with the San Diego Regional Premiere of Disney’s “Newsies” (July 18 – Aug. 4), and the Moonlight premieres of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (Aug. 15 – Sept. 1), and “Chicago” (Sept. 12 – 29).