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Sarah Wyatt, Lizzie Markson & Dustin Harris Smith Will Lead Mamma Mia! Tour

The producers of Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus' Mamma Mia, the smash hit musical based on the songs of Abba, have announced casting for the upcoming National Tour. Mamma Mia is one of the most successful musicals of all time, the eighth longest running show in Broadway history and one of only five musicals to have run for more than ten years on Broadway. The West End production is now in its eighteenth year. To date, Mamma Mia has been seen by over 60 million people worldwide in 50 productions in 16 different languages. Mamma Mia will embark on a farewell tour in the 2016-17 season, which also marks its fifteenth year on the road. Leading the cast of 30 is Sarah Wyatt 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
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Interview: Director Chris Folkens on ‘Diversion’ Premiere at 2010 Hollywood Film Festival

Chicago – The festival premiere of a new film is a great day for a director, and Chris Folkens is celebrating his new short film, “Diversion,” with an opening at the 2010 Hollywood Film Festival on October 23rd. Diversion is a taut thriller shot all in Chicago, as great a valentine to the city as a well-done paranoid narrative.

Barret Walz and Doug James are featured in a telephone conversation on the streets of Chicago. As the the conversation gets more personal and dangerous, Walz ventures deeper into the depths of the city, a smart addition to a tense game of cat and mouse.

Director Chris Folkens has developed his craft through work in the advertising industry, and has worked on several high-end film and video projects. Diversion is a benchmark for the filmmaker, showcasing his technical and storytelling skills to perfection. His stated goal: “to impact my audience through dramatic, compelling and cinematic experiences.
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Brosnan Feared Humiliation In Front Of New Bond Craig

Brosnan Feared Humiliation In Front Of New Bond Craig
Irish actor Pierce Brosnan almost rejected his role in movie-musical Mamma Mia! - because he feared looking silly in front of his James Bond replacement Daniel Craig.

Brosnan, 55, played 007 in four of the action series' films before turning over his role to Craig for 2006's Casino Royale.

And although Brosnan doesn't regret his decision to retire as James Bond, he admits he was scared his all-singing and dancing role as Sam Carmichael in the 1970s Abba-inspired film would be too far a departure from his days as the British spy.

He says, "I drew the drapes in my dressing room, looked in the mirror, and there was 007 - only he was getting ready to expose himself to possible ridicule by starring in a movie musical called Mamma Mia!

"One of my daydreams was that I'd be strutting across the parking lot in sequined tights and a cape, and I would bump into Mr. Daniel Craig, looking very Bond-like. It never happened, I'm pleased to say."

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