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Mamma Mia! Casts Its Farewell Tour

The ABBA musical will take its final trip across the country.

The 2015 Broadway cast of Mamma Mia!
Cast members from the 2015 Broadway production of Mamma Mia!
(© David Gordon)

Casting has been announced for Mamma Mia!'s 2016-17 national tour, which will mark its 15th and final year on the road.

Leading the cast of 30 is Betsy Padamonsky as Donna Sheridan, the independent single mother whose carefree past catches up with her on the eve of her daughter's wedding. Bride-to-be Sophie Sheridan is played by Lizzie Markson opposite Dustin Harris Smith, who takes on the role of her fiancé, Sky.

Sarah Smith and Cashelle Butler play Donna's best friends and former backup band Rosie and Tanya, respectively, who reunite with their best friend on the island for Sophie's wedding. The three men from Donna's past and Sophie's possible dads will be played by Shai Yammanee (Sam Carmichael), Marc Cornes (Bill Austin), and Andrew Tebo (Harry Bright). Sophie's and Sky's best friends will be played by Chloe Kounadis (Ali), Niki Badua (Lisa), Austin Michael (Pepper), and Max Ehrlich (Eddie).

Rounding out the ensemble will be Kylie Brunngraber, Cashelle Butler, Juan Guillen, Joshua Taylor Hamilton, Stephanie Inglese, Matthew Janisse, Marcus John, Cori Cable Kidder, Danny Lopez, Gabriella Marchion, Luke Monday, Catherine Nickerson, Alicia Osborn, Carlina Parker, Yael Reich, Alex Sheets, Julia Cassandra Smith, Ian Taylor, and Brian Whitehill.

Featuring the music of ABBA, Mamma Mia! ran on Broadway from 2001-15, making it the eighth-longest-running show in Broadway history. With music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, the production features a book by Catherine Johnson, direction by Phyllida Lloyd, choreography by Anthony Van Laast, production design by Mark Thompson, lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruce and Bobby Aitken, and musical supervision, additional material, and arrangements by Martin Koch.

The national tour is produced by Work Light Productions.