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Artist Q&A: Kevin Casey of Mamma Mia

Kevin Casey, originally from Huntington Beach, California, has been touring with Mamma Mia! for four years. Before the show takes one final dance down the aisle, he looked back on his previous visits to Wisconsin and his time with Mamma Mia! in this artist Q&A. 

Have you visited Appleton before?
Yes, I played here with Mamma Mia in February 2015. Also, I got married in Door County so I visited then as well!

What does a musical director do?
I teach the music to the cast, maintain the music during the run of the tour and then conduct the performances which is the best part of the job.

What is it like to tour with such a popular show?
It's wonderful! Makes it very easy to go to work knowing that people will be happy to see you there.

Do you ever get tired of the same music every night?
Surprisingly, no. I get to play music I love with a great band and I've got the best seat in the house to see the show. The audience helps keep it exciting since they are new at each performance.

What is your favorite part of the show?
The finale, a miniature concert that happens after the bows. Sometimes I see people leaving to beat the traffic but I recommend staying until the very end. It's worth it, I promise. :)

Mamma Mia! was the first Broadway show to play the Fox Cities P.A.C. and has definitely become a Fox Cities favorite – why do you think so many people love this show?
ABBA's music, for sure. It brings back good memories for people who grew up with it and it's aged well enough that younger generations enjoy it too. I think people return to see this show because they know they will leave the theater smiling.

This is the “Farewell Tour”. What does that mean to you?
I will miss this show more than any other I've toured with before so, while I'll be sad to see it end, it's also a privilege to be part of its well-earned victory lap.

How are you going to say goodbye to this show?
I'll think of it as more "see you later" than goodbye. The show will live on beyond the tour in the many regional productions that will come in our wake. It's likely that most of us will have the chance to do the show again as we wait for the inevitable Broadway revival. :)
 
Fill in the blank…
I can’t travel without my…phone charger/wifi/flip flops
My favorite part about touring is…seeing the sights in each city and finding the best breakfast in town.
The hardest part about touring is…early mornings bus calls and discovering that the hotel is out of Domino's delivery range.
When people see this show I hope they feel…like they're having a reunion with old friends.
I’m excited to visit Appleton because…I'll get to see the Houdini exhibit at the Castle again.

 
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