May 10 - Extended to July 15, 2018








Due to demand, Neptune Theatre announces second extension of smash hit MAMMA MIA!


Halifax, NS – May 10, 2018 – For those hoping to secure tickets to the successful production of MAMMA MIA! at Neptune Theatre, you may be in luck. Due to unprecedented demand, Neptune is today announcing a second extension, adding 14 more performances from July 5 to July 15 at its downtown Halifax theatre.

“We’ve been blown away by the response to the show. We wanted to give as many people the chance to experience its magic and the box office is ready for the calls!” says Artistic Director Jeremy Webb. "The energy and soul of our show has captured the hearts of Nova Scotians and it is gratifying each night to hear the reaction from the sold-out crowds. Folks are jumping to their feet and reacting in a way I have not seen before in my 20 years at Neptune," continues Webb. "I commend our cast and crew for injecting the show with a joy that is infectious. We owe the success of Mamma Mia to them."

The musical, featuring songs from Swedish pop group ABBA, stars Julie Martell as Donna and Cynthia Smithers as Sophie, her daughter. On the eve of her wedding, Sophie secretly invites three men from her mother’s past in hopes of learning the true identity of her father, whom she dreams will walk her down the aisle. In addition to the title song, Mamma Mia, the musical also features many of the super group’s greatest hits and most popular songs.

MAMMA MIA! is sponsored by AUDI Halifax, Premiere Suites, The Berkeley, Exxon Mobil, Imperial, Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette and TELUS.

More than 33,000 people have already seen the Halifax production. MAMMA MIA! remains one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history, where it ran for 14 years until closing in 2015. It has been on stage In London’s West End for 19 years, where it is still being performed. Later this year, a sequel to the 2008 film, based on the musical, will be released to theatres.

Starring alongside Julie Martell and Cynthia Smithers is Jahlen Barnes (Sky), Karen Burthwright (Rosie), Clint Butler (Bill), Jay Davis (Sam), Tim Funnell (Harry), Jessica Gallant (Ali), Trudy Lee Gayle (Lisa), Ryan Gifford (Eddie, and Dance Captain), David Light (Pepper), Alison J. Palmer (Tanya), and Mitch Wood (Father Alexandrios and ensemble). The ensemble includes Danielle Benton, Deborah Castrilli, Kirstin Howell, Galen Johnson, Celia Koughan, Sarah O'Brecht, Brett Owen, Matt Raffy, and Natasha Strilchuk.

Joining director Jeremy Webb is Choreographer Ray Hogg with the design team of Geofrey Dinwiddie (Set Designer), Bonnie Deakin (Costume Designer), Leigh Ann Vardy (Lighting Designer), Vicky Williams (Lighting Design Associate) and Emily C. Porter (Sound Designer). The stage management team includes Heather Lewis (Stage Manager), Hannah Burrows (Assistant Stage Manager) and June Zinck (Assistant Stage Manager).

The musicians, under the direction of Musical Director Paul De Gurse, include Brad Conrad (Guitar), Gwen Dawson (Keyboard), Jamie Gatti (Bass), James Logan (Guitar), Tom Roach (Drums), and Lisa St. Clair (Keyboard).

Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 902-429-7070 or toll-free at 1-800-565-7345, or in person at the Box Office at 1593 Argyle Street. Find out more about Neptune Theatre on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube channel NeptuneHFX

Neptune Theatre is wrapping up its 55th season and kicking off its 56th season with the summer productions Argyle Street Kitchen Party and Five Guys Named Moe. The remainder of the new season has been announced and subscriptions available for purchase. Located at 1593 Argyle Street, Neptune boasts two newly renovated stages: Fountain Hall and the Scotiabank Stage, plus a year-round Theatre School and a province-wide annual Neptune School Tour.

The cast of MAMMA MIA! perform "Money, Money, Money" at Halifax's Neptune Theatre. Credit Stoo Metz

Left to right - Alison J. Palmer (Tanya), Julie Martell (Donna) and Karen Burthwright (Rosie) perform.Credit Stoo Metz

The cast of MAMMA MIA! perform at Halifax's Neptune Theatre. Credit Stoo Metz


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Born and raised in Cape Breton, Julie made her Neptune debut 10 years ago playing Belle in Beauty and the Beast. After graduating from the University of Windsor she landed the role of Sophie in the Toronto production of Mamma Mia! So this is quite a full circle moment. Other credits include Gypsy Rose Lee on Broadway with Bernadette Peters; Maria in The Sound of Music (Theatre Aquarius); Cathy in The Last Five Years (The Grand Theatre); A Night With Jason Robert Brown (Glenn Gould Studio); Good Vibrations: The Beach Boys Musical ( NYSF); 8 seasons at the Shaw Festival: Starring roles in : Sweet Charity, Ragtime, A Little Night Music, Gypsy, One Touch of Venus, The Cherry Orchard, Happy End, Belle Moral, Maria Severa, The President, The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide, Sunday in The Park With George, Play Orchestra Play, French Without Tears, Follies: In Concert. Julie is thrilled to be back at Neptune and revisiting this awesome show so many years later. Thanks J.Webb. Thank you to my beautiful family and husband for your unlimited support. 









JEREMY WEBB - Director

Jeremy Webb joins Neptune Theatre as Artistic Director from January 1st, 2018, having been Artistic Producer for Halifax's Eastern Front Theatre. 

Previously, he spent 6 years producing theatre as Off The Leash Creative and being Artistic Director of WillPower Theatre. His most recent Canadian stage appearances include 'Cogsworth' The Clock in Beauty & The Beast (twice);  ‘Jaggers’ in Great Expectations (Neptune Theatre); ‘Jack’ in Broadway on Argyle St (WillPower/OTL); ‘George’ in I’ll Be Back Before Midnight (Valley Summer Theatre); ‘Macbeth’ in Macbeth (WillPower Theatre); ‘Max Bialystock’ in The Producers (Rainbow Stage, Winnipeg), ‘Riverdale/Churchill’ in Rexy (Neptune); ‘Under Milk Wood (touring since 2013,); ‘Paul Fisher’ in his own play Fishing (touring since 2012); ‘Beowulf’ in Beowulf (Two Planks & A passion); and many more.

In Canada, he directed (and wrote) The Chuckle Hour (Festival Antigonish); he wrote Broadway On Argyle St. (for WillPower); Pinocchio (for Shakespeare By The Sea), Urinetown, Blue Remembered Hills, The Wizard of Oz, A Streetcar Named Desire, Animal Farm, The Farm Show, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night, Liar, Joseph, Grease, Godspell, The Wind In The Willows, and Til It Hurts, I Do! I Do!, Double Double, Les Miserables, The Hobbit and Oliver.

His one-man version of A Christmas Carol has been playing every Christmas since 2003. In 2015, actor Rhys Bevan John took over the role and Webb directed the show. This year, it's a Bonus Feature, on the Scotiabank Stage, presented by EFT.

Jeremy won a Best Director Merritt Award for Little Thing, Big Thing (2017), a Best Actor Merritt Award for his portrayal of Iago in Othello, for Shakespeare By The Sea. He won the 2010 Mayor’s Award for Achievement in Theatre. In 2013, Jeremy won the Creative Arts Nova Scotia Established Artist Award. In 2014, Off The Leash/Jeremy Webb won the 2014 Touring Performers Award, presented by The Atlantic Presenters Association.

PAUL DE GURSE - Musical Director

Paul is a Winnipeg based music director, pianist and composer. Neptune: Beauty and the Beast (Merritt award nomination for Outstanding Music Direction) Select other credits: Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act (Rainbow Stage); Sister Act (Drayton Entertainment); Charlie Brown (Manitoba Theatre for Young People); American Idiot  (Winnipeg Studio Theatre); The Bridges Of Madison County (Dry Cold); Stars of David (Winnipeg Jewish Theatre); Grey Gardens (Associate MD, Acting Up Stage). Paul plays in the indie rock band Bro, Nouveau. This show and all future ones are dedicated to Tom.





RAY HOGG - Choreographer

Known for his virtuosic, visually stunning, and viscerally moving works, Ray began taking ballet class in a church basement long long ago at the tender age of 17. He received his formal training as an actor at the Dome Theatre Program, and completed his professional training as a dance artist at Ryerson University’s prestigious Theatre School.    

From 2012-2017 he was the Artistic Director of Winnipeg’s Rainbow Stage. During his tenure there he ushered in an era of artistic growth and excellence, forged acclaimed partnerships with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and spearheaded the creation of nationally recognized professional arts training programs (which have since launched several major careers including: music directors Paul De Gurse and Joseph Tritt, and directors Kimberley Rampersad, Heidi Malazdrewich, and Carson Nattrass)


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