Pictured: U.S. 2016 National Tour of MAMMA MIA! Photo courtesy of Starlight Theatre.
The national tour of MAMMA MIA!, which says farewell to the road next month, will make it’s final stop through Kansas City after 15 consecutive years entertaining audiences across North America.
Starlight is among the last U.S. theaters to host the tour, and local audience members will add to the tally of nearly 60 million people worldwide who have enjoyed MAMMA MIA! in 50 productions and 16 different languages since it debuted in London in 1999. The current farewell tour marks the seventh time MAMMA MIA! has played in Kansas City, including previous runs during the 2009 and 2011 Broadway seasons.
“There are so many reasons I love this musical, and I’m honored that Starlight can bring MAMMA MIA! to its Kansas City fans one more time,” said Starlight President and CEO Rich Baker. “This show is all about the music. Its story cleverly meshes with the music and lyrics of ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus – mostly in a tongue-in-cheek way – and lets the music shine through!”
The eighth-longest running show in Broadway history, MAMMA MIA! is only one of five musicals to have played for more than 10 years on Broadway (October 2001-September 2015). The show originated in London’s West End in 1999 and continues there today.
Featuring the music of ABBA, MAMMA MIA! tells the story of an independent, single mother, Donna Sheridan, who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island. Donna is about to let go of Sophie, the spirited daughter she’s raised alone. For Sophie’s wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends – practical and no-nonsense Rosie and wealthy multi-divorcee Tanya – from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos.
Meanwhile, Sophie has 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 blooms and old romances are rekindled on a lush island full of possibilities.
The Farewell Tour’s cast of 30 includes Betsy Padamonsky (Donna Sheridan), Lizzie Markson (Sophie Sheridan), Dustin Harris Smith (Sky), Sarah Smith (Rosie), Cashelle Butler (Tanya), Shai Yammanee (Sam Carmichael), Marc Cornes (Bill Austin) and Andrew Tebo (Harry Bright).
The creative team includes music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus with a book by Catherine Johnson. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, MAMMA MIA! has choreography by Anthony Van Laast, production design by Mark Thompson, lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruce and Bobby Aitken, with musical supervision, additional material, and arrangements by Martin Koch.
MAMMA MIA! runs June 23rd – 25th at Starlight Theatre. Tickets are on sale now for $14 to $127 and available online at kcstarlight.com, by calling 816.363.STAR (7827) or at the Starlight box office at 4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City, MO 64132. All performances begin at 8 p.m.
Discount prices for groups of 10 or more are available. For information about group pricing, contact group sales coordinator Camille Sumrall at email@example.com.