There’s a little bit of a party going on at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts this week. That’s because the North Carolina Theatre production of the ABBA musical Mamma Mia! is playing, starring Lauren Kennedy as Donna opposite her real-life husband Charlie Brady as Sam. Lauren and Charlie, along with the show’s director and the producing artistic director of North Carolina Theatre Eric Woodall, sat down with RDU on Stage to chat about Mamma Mia! and what makes this show work.
For more info on the North Carolina Theatre production of Mamma Mia! visit: https://nctheatre.com.
To hear the music of Mamma Mia! referenced on this episode, including ‘Under Attack,’ ‘Dancing Queen,’ ‘Take a Chance on Me’ and more, check out the original cast recording here.
About the Guests
Eric Woodall is the producing artistic director of North Carolina Theatre. He served as the Resident Director of the Broadway, Las Vegas, and national touring companies of Mamma Mia!. In addition to his NC Theatre directorial credits including Gypsy, Mary Poppins, Jesus Christ Superstar, Steel Magnolias, Woodall has worked locally in the Triangle directing for companies like Theatre Raleigh and PlayMakers Repertory, as well as traveled the country putting his spin on shows like West Side Story, Big River, and On Golden Pond at Casa Mañana in Fort Worth, Texas and Amadeus at the Memphis Playhouse on the Square. Prior to joining NC Theatre full time in November as producing artistic director, he spent 16 years in New York City working as one of the top casting directors at Tara Rubin Casting.
Lauren Kennedy is the producing artistic director for Theatre Raleigh, where she has directed and starred in numerous productions. She is also known by Raleigh audiences for her 30-year association with NC Theatre where she starred as Eva in Evita, Annie in Annie Get Your Gun, Fantine in Les Misérables, and Diana in Next To Normal. She appeared on Broadway as The Lady of the Lake in Monty Python’s Spamalot, Fantine in Les Misérables, Daisy Hilton in Side Show, Sunset Boulevard (original cast) and Nellie Forbush in South Pacific at The Royal National Theatre in London. For more info on Theatre Raleigh’s upcoming season visit: http://www.theatreraleigh.com.
Charlie Brady is best known for starring in the original Broadway cast of South Pacific at Lincoln Center, with other credits including North Carolina Theatre’s productions of Next to Normal and Les Misérables, and the Off-Broadway production of The Burnt Part Boys.
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