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Actress from Brighton Thriving in Role of a Lifetime in ‘Mamma Mia!’

Madison Deadman took a calculated risk by joining the latest touring production of “Mamma Mia.” The Brighton native has harbored a deep affection for the 25-year-old musical, which features songs from the iconic Swedish group ABBA, since her early years. Recalling her theatrical debut at the age of 12 in Michigan’s Encore musical theater company with “Evita,” Deadman, now 27, reminisces about her unwavering love for “Mamma Mia,” citing its exuberance as a major draw.

Having watched the 2008 film adaptation before experiencing the stage production, Deadman expresses her admiration for ABBA music, deeply rooted in her family history. She fondly recounts how her parents, who met in the ‘70s at a roller skating rink, embody the essence of that era’s dance moves, often set to ABBA tunes. Her initial encounter with “Mamma Mia” at the Winter Garden on Broadway marked a significant milestone in her career, allowing her to set foot on a Broadway stage for the first time.

Embarking on her first national tour with “Mamma Mia,” Deadman, a member of the company, also serves as an understudy for the lead role of Sophie. The character of Sophie, a 20-year-old on the fictional Greek Island of Kalokairi, orchestrates a surprise for her mother, a former pop star, by inviting three potential fathers to her impending wedding.

Deadman’s passion for the stage ignited at a young age, nurtured by her involvement in sports, dance classes, and figure skating while growing up in Brighton. Inspired by a cousin’s performance in “Cinderella” at a community theater, Deadman’s desire to pursue acting became evident. Her early experiences in community theater, including portraying Gretl in “The Sound of Music” at the age of 6, laid the foundation for her future in the performing arts.

Transitioning from a brief stint at Point Park University to the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Deadman honed her craft in various productions before landing her role in “Mamma Mia.” Despite the challenges of being away from home, Deadman finds solace in the joyous nature of the show and the camaraderie within the company.

Residing in Brooklyn with her partner, whom she met in Cincinnati, Deadman envisions a future filled with diverse theatrical opportunities, including her aspiration to originate a role in a Broadway production. With a repertoire of shows she aspires to be a part of, Deadman remains optimistic about the journey ahead, embracing the fulfillment of pursuing her lifelong passion.

“Mamma Mia” will be staged at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit from Tuesday, April 23 to April 28. For tickets and more information, contact 313-872-1000 or