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Chicago actress stars in Mamma Mia!

September 18, 2008 11:41:15 AM PDT
The return of Mamma Mia! to Chicago is also a homecoming for several Chicagoans. Susie McMonagle (Donna Sheridan), Michael Aaron Lindner (Harry Bright), and Nathan Alan Johnson (Ensemble) are all Chicagoans who are performing in the national touring production of the hit Broadway show. Mamma Mia!, which is playing through Sunday, September 28 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E Congress Pkwy, Chicago.

Leading the cast of 30 is Susie McMonagle as Donna Sheridan, the independent single mother whose carefree past catches up with her on the eve of her daughter's wedding. Before Mamma Mia!, Susie could be seen on Broadway as Fantine in Les Misérable and in the national tours of The Secret Garden, The Sound of Music, Les Misérables and Pump Boys and Dinettes.

Bride-to-be "Sophie Sheridan" is played by Rose Sezniak, who is a recent graduate of Catholic University in Washington DC. Her fiancé "Sky" is played by Geoffrey Hemingway. Kittra Wynn Coomer and Michelle Dawson play Donna's best friends and former back-up 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 are John Hemphill (Sam Carmichael), Martin Kildare (Bill Austin), and Chicagoan Michael Aaron Lindner (Harry Bright). Sophie's & Sky's best friends are played by Rebecca Covington (Ali), Nicole Laurenzi (Lisa), Adam Kaokept (Pepper), and Anthony CeFala (Eddie).

Mamma Mia's ensemble features Corey Bradley, Annie Edgerton, Natalie Gallo, Chicagoan Nathan Alan Johnson, Whitney Claire Kaufman, Ian Knauer, Stephanie Lynge, Monette McKay, Ayme Olivo, David Reiser, Damien DeShaun Smith, Robert Townsend, Rachel Tyler, and Bradley Whitfield.

Seen by over 30 million people around the world, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus' global smash hit musical Mamma Mia! is celebrating six sold-out years at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway, and is currently playing record-breaking engagements in Las Vegas and on National Tour in the United States. The original West End production has played more than 3,500 performances, an international tour has played in more than 30 foreign cities. There are currently 11 productions of Mamma Mia! running concurrently around the world (nine permanent productions and two tours). The feature film of Mamma Mia! produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman, has recently been released.

Tickets for Mamma Mia! are $30 - $85 and are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., and 18 W. Monroe St.), through the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (312) 902-1400, at all Ticketmaster Retail Locations (including all Hot Tix, select Carson Pirie Scott, Coconuts and fye stores) or online at ticketmaster.com . Groups of 20 or more may receive a discount by calling (312) 977-1710.

For information about MAMMA MIA! visit mamma-mia.com or broadwayinchicago.com

About Susie McMonagle

Broadway: Fantine in LES MISERABLES.

National tours: THE SECRET GARDEN, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, LES MISERABLES and PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES.

Regional credits include: Papermill Playhouse, Denver Center Theater, Court Theater, Northlight Theater, Appletree Theater, Marriott Lincolnshire.

Susie has received 9 Joseph Jefferson nominations for her performances as Florence in CHESS, Eva in EVITA, Daisy in SIDESHOW, Ellen in MISS SAIGON, Reno in ANYTHING GOES, Grizabella in CATS, Shelby in SPITFIRE GRILL, Annie in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, and most recently the Baker's Wife in INTO THE WOODS.

Favorite roles include Dot in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, Hypatia in MISALLIANCE, M.Bane in MAN OF LA MANCHA, and Florence in INDIAN INK.

She has a B.F.A. from Stephens College and is Proud Mom to Jack and Elliot!

About John Hemphill

Los Angeles stage: Urinetown, The Musical, A Little Night Music, The Foreigner and The Laramie Project.

Film: Zodiac.

Television: "Monk", "Las Vegas", "Scrubs". You may also recognize John as "Electricity" from Propane commercials.


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