MAMMA MIA! STAR
ERIC WILLIAM MORRIS
BROADWAY.COM “FRESH FACE” FEATURE
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Eric William Morris, now starring as “Sky” in Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ global smash hit musical MAMMA MIA! on Broadway, is featured with a Broadway.com “Fresh Face” feature this week.
BROADWAY.COM – August 5, 2010
The Sky’s the Limit for Mamma Mia! Groom-to-Be Eric William Morris
Hometown: Glen Rock, New Jersey
Currently: Laying all his love on sweetheart Sophie as groom-to-be Sky in the long-running Broadway hit Mamma Mia!
Jersey Boy: Raised in a small town 25 miles west of Manhattan, Morris enjoyed twice-a-year trips to Broadway shows. “My grandmother was a huge musical fan and used to sing songs from Camelot and Man of La Mancha when I was a little kid,” he recalls. But there were no performers in the family…yet. “Actually, my whole family is in dentistry,” Morris says. “My mother is a dental hygienist, her father was a dentist, my brother is a dentist, and my aunt and a couple of my cousins work in my brother’s dental office. I don’t have any problems with my teeth!” A drama class led by a charismatic teacher and a stint in the school chorus sparked his interest in acting. (Both teachers, “Okey” and “Phyllis,” get a shout-out in his Mamma Mia! bio.) “Almost everyone at my high school was involved in the arts in some way, which was pretty special.”
Circle Time: After earning a theater degree at Loyola College in Baltimore, Morris enrolled in the two-year conservatory program at Circle in the Square Theatre, across the street from his current Broadway workplace, the Winter Garden. A showcase performance as “a cocky southern guy mercilessly trying to pick up this girl” netted him an agent. It was the first in a series of charming rogue parts for Morris, but he insists with a laugh, “That’s not me at all—I am very nervous around girls.” (We doubt it.) Quickly, he got his first Broadway break, understudying three roles in the short-lived 2007 epic Coram Boy. “It was a great experience in a gorgeous play,” he says, musing that the show’s poor reviews might have stemmed from misplaced expectations. “It got billed as an intellectual play, but it was really an adventure story of one boy’s journey to adulthood.”
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Seen by over 42 million people around the world, MAMMA MIA!, is celebrating over 3,600 performances in its ninth smash hit year at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre and remains among Broadway’s top selling musicals. The original West End production of MAMMA MIA! is celebrating 10 years and over 4,000 performances in London, an international tour has visited more than 40 foreign cities, and the blockbuster feature film adaptation, produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman, is the most successful movie musical of all time grossing $600 million worldwide.
With a worldwide gross of over $2 Billion, MAMMA MIA! is acclaimed by the Associated Press as “quite simply, a phenomenon.”
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