CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 6, 2015 – Southeast Missouri State University alumnus Andrew Tebo of New York City will be singing his heart out at the Fabulous Fox in St. Louis in their much anticipated production of Broadway’s “Mamma Mia,” opening tonight.
Tebo has returned for a second time with the Broadway national tour of “Mamma Mia,” which runs through Sunday, Nov. 8, at The Fox, 527 N. Grand Blvd.
“Mamma Mia” is a feel-good show that brings comedy and the songs of ABBA to life in this smash hit musical. It’s an enchanted tale of love, laughter and friendship. It follows the story of a young girl that is going to marry the man of her dreams. On a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle, she brings back three men from her mother’s past to the Mediterranean paradise they visited 20 years earlier. Over 24 chaotic, magical hours, new love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled on this lush island full of possibilities.
Tebo plays Harry Bright, one of the possible fathers.
Tebo, a 2004 graduate of Wentzville Holt High School, continued his education at Southeast where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in acting and directing in 2008. A member of Sigma Chi fraternity, he credits the Southeast theatre and dance faculty for his successes.
“It was an exciting time while I was at Southeast. The program was fairly new and growing and the River Campus was being finished. The staff really made it what it is today,” he says. “Judith Farris is the reason that I am the singer I am today. Dr. Kenneth Stilson, Rhonda Weller-Stilson and the entire faculty and staff at Southeast were wonderful and had a huge impact on me while I was there. I still utilize much of the training I received from my time at Southeast, today.”
Dr. Kenn Stilson, chair of the Southeast Department of Theatre and Dance, said, “Andrew was always an extraordinary talent. And he was one of our top students his entire career at Southeast. I am not at all surprised at his success as an actor. We could not be more proud of all his professional accomplishments.”
From left are Ryan M. Hunt, Chad W. Fornwalt, and Andrew Tebo from the MAMMA MIA! North American Tour. Photo by Joan Marcus, 2015 .
Rhonda Weller-Stilson, director of the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts and associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts, agreed, saying, “From the moment I met Andrew, I recognized a hard worker and great student. He always demonstrated the best attitude, no matter what the project. He held and performed wonderfully several leads at Southeast, but was also impressive backstage. I never doubted he would have a wonderful career in theatre.”
Andrew’s successes do not end with “Mamma Mia.” Upon graduation, he moved to Chicago in 2009 and began touring with professional theater, mostly musical theater, around the country.
“From Florida to Alaska, I performed in small and large productions all over,” he said.
Andrew then took a position with Princess Cruises as the on ship singer and entertainment. He worked with them from 2009 until 2015. During this time he took on two national performing tours; “A Christmas Carol” and “The Fantasticks.” He started with “Mamma Mia” in March 2015 and he has been wowing crowds ever since.
Andrew’s favorite memories as Southeast are two particular shows in which he was cast.
“My favorite memory would be working on the production ‘42nd Street’ in the Old Rose Theatre,” he said. “I also really loved working on ‘Big River,’ which was the first production ever to take place at the brand new River Campus that was finished during my four years at Southeast!”
Andrew offers Southeast students the following advice: “A dream is free, but the hustle is sold separately! Never give up on your dreams.”
You can catch Andrews’s performance at the Fabulous Fox in St. Louis tonight at 8 p.m.; at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday Nov. 7; and at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8. Tickets are available at MetroTix.com. Visit MammaMiaOnTour.com for more dates and performances.