Interview: Kory Chats With Christian Whelan From Mamma Mia!

As I sat down with veteran Television/Stage actor Christian Whelan I mentioned how much I, and the city of Cleveland seem to love Mamma Mia! “Screaming and hollerin’, we get them to their feet,” he laughed. Whelan plays Sam, one of three possible fathers to Sophie on the North American Tour of the ABBA based mega musical. Whelan’s rich career spans decades and started with a small role in Walter Mathau’s Bad News Bears. “The first role that I ever played was my favorite, and that was playing baseball against the Bad News Bears in the original movie…”

Whelan joined the North American tour of Mamma Mia! in October after a persistent effort to snag the role, “…I called my agent up…I said, ‘hey, this guy that I know apparently left the tour and is not coming back. He’s about my size, I’m sure I would fit into his costumes can you wrangle me an appointment?’ They got me an appointment…I flew to New York in a little 20 hour window, sang for 10 minutes and booked the job immediately.”

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Check out my review of Mamma Mia! by clicking here and head to PlayhouseSquare.org to grab tickets to this incredible production before it hits the road for the last time on Sunday.

For more information on Christian Whelan head to his website at ChristianWhelan.com

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