Art director

The former Broadway actor fills the role of artistic director for Mamma Mia!

By Andy Nixon, STN Reporter

Former Broadway actor Dan Cooney takes on the artistic direction of the production of Mamma Mia! at Dexter. The curtain rises this Thursday, June 17 and continues until July 17 for a total of 25 performances.

During a recent tour of The Encore, I had the chance to sit down with Dan and discuss the differences between being in New York on Broadway as an actor for Mamma Mia! vs take the reins as artistic director at the local theater level. He mentions that “watching Monica create this production with her own vision and her own vision has been spectacular”, adding: “She is extremely talented and has done a phenomenal job of putting her own stamp on this performance which uses the space we have here at The Encore. ”

Dan went on to say “when you perform at the Broadway House you have 1,500 seats in the theater but with our local production Monica was able to adapt our performance for a more intimate venue which in itself was a huge undertaking .” He adds “The Encore can accommodate a few hundred people, so the audience can be much more involved in the story compared to a larger venue.”

This next production of Mamma Mia! is led by fellow Broadway actor, Monica Kapoor, who spent time at the same performance company with Dan in 2012. This is the second year for The Encore Musical Theater Company at their new location on Ann Arbor Street in Dexter . Dan mentions “we are thrilled to have this production taking place in our venue and to bring this performance to a local venue.”

For The Encore Theatre, this production has been a monumental undertaking, with 24 professional actors on staff and a larger orchestra arranging the music behind the production. The theater continues to bring professional directors and actors from well-known locations such as New York to perform here at Dexter. This will be the biggest show yet in their current space. During Covid, the theater has put on a few small productions with five to ten actors, including some outdoor productions.

Don’t miss this hit summer production sponsored by Joann Socha. Performances take place in the MAAS performance space and will take place Thursday through Sunday, with two shows on Saturday. Music and lyrics by Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus with songs by Stig Anderson.

For questions, more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.theencoretheatre.org or call (734) 268-6200.