Mamma Mia! is one of the most popular musicals of all time. The production, currently playing in the Westend’s Novello Theatre, features some new cast members. Sanne den Besten is playing Sophie Sheridan and sat down in her dressing room with John Bowles.
Sanne den Besten is originally from Holland. Even before completing her studies, in the performing arts, she was allowed to appear in Disney’s The Little Mermaid.
Having relocated to London 12 months ago she landed the cover for Fantine in Cameron Macintosh’s production Les Miserables.
Now Sanne joins the cast of Mamma Mia! tells John Bowles about her excitement of having landed such a coveted role, Sophie Sheridan.
Mamma Mia! is a jukebox musical written by British playwright Catherine Johnson, based on the songs of ABBA, composed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, former members of the band. The title of the musical is taken from the group’s 1975 chart-topper “Mamma Mia”. Ulvaeus and Andersson, who composed the original music for ABBA, were involved in the development of the show from the beginning.
The musical includes such hits as “Super Trouper”, “Lay All Your Love on Me”, “Dancing Queen”, “Knowing Me, Knowing You”, “Take a Chance on Me”, “Thank You for the Music”, “Money, Money, Money”, “The Winner Takes It All”, “Voulez-Vous”, “SOS” and the title track. Over 60 million people have seen the show, which has grossed $2 billion worldwide since its 1999 debut. A film adaptation starring Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Stellan Skarsgård and Julie Walters was released in July 2008.
The show currently has productions in the West End of London, as well as various international productions. Its Broadway incarnation closed in September 2015 after a 14-year run, effectively making it the eighth longest-running show in Broadway history.