FORMER Lyme Regis resident Alec Porter is making his professional West End debut after securing one of the lead roles in ‘Mamma Mia!’.
As Abba fever sweeps the nation – with a rumoured comeback of the 1970s singing sensations and the release of the second ‘Mamma Mia!’ film – Alec takes on the role of Sky in the global smash hit musical.
Born and raised in Lyme Regis, Alec has previously appeared in stage shows of ‘The Sound of Music’, ‘Crime and Punishment – A Rock Musical’, ‘The Odyssey’ and ‘Sleeping Beauty’ but this will be his first time appearing on the West End stage, in London’s Novello Theatre.
The Abba musical, which was the inspiration for the hit 2008 film and sequel released last month, celebrated its 19th anniversary earlier this year. The cast celebrated with a birthday cake on stage and the producers have announced some major cast changes in the London production, including Alec as Sky, one of the leading male roles played by Dominic Cooper in the films.
He will play opposite Georgia Louise as his fiance Sophie in the romantic comedy, which includes many of Abba’s favourite hits.
The success of ‘Mamma Mia!’ stemmed from Judy Craymer’s vision of staging the story-telling magic of Abba’s timeless songs with an enchanting tale of family and friendship unfolding on a Greek island paradise.
To date, it has been seen by more than 60 million people in 50 productions in 16 different languages, grossing more than $2 billion at the box office. In 2011, it became the first Western musical ever to be staged in Mandarin in the People’s Republic of China.
The London production of ‘Mamma Mia!’ has been seen by over 8.9 million people, played over 7,750 performances and has broken box office records in all three of its London homes.