John Dossett and Tony Award winner Beth Leavel will be joining the cast of the Broadway production of MAMMA MIA!, playing at the Winter Garden Theatre since 2001. Leavel will play Donna Sheridan, while Dossett will star opposite her as Sam Carmichael. The two take over the roles starting September 22.
Beth Leavel was most recently seen in the world premiere musical "Minsky's" at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. She received the 2006 Tony Award, Drama Desk, N.Y. Outer Critics Circle Award and the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for her performance as the Drowsy Chaperone in The Drowsy Chaperone. Other Broadway credits include Frau Bleucher in Young Frankenstein, Dorothy Brock in the revival of 42nd Street, Tess in the original company of Crazy for You (with Susan Stroman), Mrs. Bixby in The Civil War, Ellie in Hal Prince's Showboat and Anytime Annie (her Broadway debut) in 42nd Street. Ms. Leavel was also seen in the City Center production of No, No, Nanette.
John Dossett made his Broadway debut in King of Schnorrers in 1979. In 1982, he joined the cast of Fifth of July. Dossett was also in 1998's Ragtime and the 2003 revival of Gypsy opposite Bernadette Peters, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical.
Since opening on Broadway nearly eight years ago, MAMMA MIA! has surpassed the record-breaking runs of such landmark musicals as Hello, Dolly!; My Fair Lady; Annie; Man of La Mancha; Oklahoma! and the long-running revival of Cabaret.
The show recently celebrated its 3,183rd performance on Saturday, June 27, making it the 15th longest-running show in Broadway history. Seen by over 40 million people around the world, MAMMA MIA! remains among Broadway's top selling musicals.
The sunny, funny tale of MAMMA MIA! unfolds on a tiny Greek island. 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 had visited 20 years ago. The magic of ABBA's songs propels this story of love, laughter, and friendship.
MAMMA MIA! currently stars two-time Tony Award® nominee Carolee Carmello ("Donna Sheridan"), Judy McLane ("Tanya"), Gina Ferrall ("Rosie"), Brandi Burkhardt ("Sophie Sheridan"), Chris Peluso ("Sky"), Sean Allan Krill ("Sam Carmichael"), Pearce Bunting ("Bill Austin") and Ben Livingston ("Harry Bright").
The MAMMA MIA! company features Samantha Eggers, Amina Robinson, Raymond J. Lee, Brent Black, Timothy Booth, Allyson Carr, Lanene Charters, Meghan Dreyfuss, Matthew Farver, Lori Haley Fox, Heidi Godt, Jon-Erik Goldberg, Corey Greenan, Bryan Scott Johnson, Robin Levine, Corinne Melançon, Ian Paget, Courtney Reed, Ryan Sander, Collette Simmons, Traci Victoria, Gerard Salvador, Tony Gonzalez, and Leah Zepel.