Mamma Mia! Signs Theatre Star For Lead
Tickets on sale NOW
Global theatre star to play lead
OPENS MARCH 4, 2014 THE
A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads.
And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!
Tickets have gone on sale to one of the world’s biggest ever feel-good musicals, MAMMA MIA! opening in Auckland next March.
Having been seen by over 54 million people all around the world, MAMMA MIA! – presented in Auckland by Amici Productions and Auckland Music Theatre Inc – will play for a strictly limited season at The Civic Theatre in Auckland from March 4.
Today, Amici Productions and Auckland Music Theatre announced that theatre star DELIA HANNAH, acclaimed for her roles in international productions of Cats, Mary Poppins and Les Misérables and a firm favourite of the maestro Andrew Lloyd Webber, will play the lead role of Donna in MAMMA MIA!
Delia last appeared in Auckland in 2012 as The Bird Woman in Disney’s stage musical Mary Poppins. Prior to Poppins, she appeared as Grizabella in the Australian and Asian tours of Cats. Prior to touring with Cats, Delia performed for two years in the premiere season of Les Misérables. She also toured Australasia as a principal soloist in the 1996/1997 Australian Tour of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber starring Anthony Warlow and Sarah Brightman. She won a Variety Club Award and a Mo Award for Aspects of Love and played Glinda in The Wizard of Oz.
Delia made her New Zealand debut as Florence Vassey in the 1992 tour of Chess starring Tommy Korberg and Murray Head from the original London cast. She also appeared in the 1994 hit production of Blood Brothers starring David Soul (of Starsky and Hutch fame) for which she won The Sydney Critics Award and the 10th anniversary production of Les Miserables in 1999. More recently audiences have seen Delia in Auckland Theatre Company's Into The Woods and Silo's sell out season of Three Penny Opera, directed by Michael Hurst.
Supporting her will be the wonderful JACKIE CLARKE as Rosie, an unmarried fun-loving author and former member of Donna and the Dynamos, and MINOUK VAN DER VELDE, in the role of Tanya -- the slightly acerbic, witty and wealthy friend of Donna who was also a former member of Donna and The Dynamos. Further cast details will be announced soon.
Jackie is one of New Zealand’s most versatile entertainers. A regular at Christmas in the Park she is no stranger to the stage having starred in Anything Goes, A Christmas Carol, Mum’s the Word, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Porgy and Bess and Little Shop of Horrors. Amici Productions and Auckland Music Theatre are delighted to have Jackie on board again after her leading their last production of Anything Goes in the role of Reno Sweeney.
Minouk enjoyed critical acclaim for her role in Spring Awakening (Fringe Festival) and has had a long association with New Zealand theatre that includes roles in Buddy, Footloose, Little Shop of Horrors and The Wizard of Oz.
MAMMA MIA! will feature a new set and costume design with sets by John Harding (Home by Christmas, Until Proven Innocent) and costumes by Lesley Burkes-Harding (Home by Christmas, Out of the Blue).
Writer Catherine Johnson's sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. 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. The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone's having the time of their lives!
Featuring 22 of ABBA’s hits including CHIQUITITA, DANCING QUEEN, I HAVE A DREAM, KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU, THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL, SUPER TROUPER, TAKE A CHANCE ON ME and VOULEZ-VOUS, Mamma Mia! is a global phenomenon.
Inspired by the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs, writer Catherine Johnson’s enchanting tale of family and friendship unfolds on a Greek island paradise. 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…
Producer Judy Craymer was first inspired to create a musical using the music of ABBA to tell an original story in 1987.
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