Nothing is More Musical Than Mamma Mia!
Often described as "irresistible" the energetically popular musical Mamma
Mia! is coming to Dallas, where all the Lone Star State fans of the ABBA soundtrack-based play can sing and dance (while quietly
remaining in their seats, preferably) to the story of a girl searching for the truth behind her parentage before getting married.
Lighthearted and more than a little fanciful, it makes sense that the show would play during the leisurely days of summer.
For those unfamiliar with the story, it offers an excellent, family-friendly way to spend an evening enjoying the little things
in life and unabashedly delighting in a bit of '70s Swedish pop music.
Set to the upbeat greatest hits
of Swedish band ABBA, the story of Mamma Mia! centers around a mother, Donna, a free spirit, and her daughter, Sophie, blissfully
(and youthfully) engaged to be married, as they prepare for Sophie's impending nuptials. Sophie, a more traditional girl than
her mother, is desperately hoping her father can walk her down the aisle, except nobody is certain who he is. As an inspired
last result, Sophie invites the three most likely candidates according to her mother: Bill, Harry and Sam. So begins the nostalgic
adventure to determine paternity.
The musical is mostly an opportunity to set the ABBA music to a plot. Transitions
are quick, but that's all part of the lightweight fun of this musical. Unlike highly choreographed programs many folks are
used to, the dance sequences are simplified, as the costumes, humorous interactions and pop music take center stage. A distinctive
and endlessly amusing spectacle, Mamma Mia! may be light-hearted, but it's irresistible.
Mia! tour arrives in Dallas in June for two weeks of performances at the Music Hall at Fair Park as part of the Dallas Summer
Musicals program. Beginning June 3rd and running until June 15th, Mamma Mia Dallas tickets are available
for shows, which run from Tuesday through Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm for evening shows or 1:30 pm for matinees.
The original production of Mamma Mia! opened in London in 1999. It has since visited over 140 cities, been performed over
3,400 times on Broadway and been nominated for two Tony awards. In the film version of the musical, Meryl Streep managed to
complete her recording of the song "The Winner Takes All" in one take.
The Dallas Summer Musicals production
welcomes the cast of Mamma Mia!, including Georgia Kate Haege as mother Donna, Chelsea Williams as daughter Sophie, Gabrielle
Mirabella as Tanya, Carly Sakolove as Rosie, Michael Colavolpe as Bill, Jeff Drushal as Sam, Mark A. Harmon as Harry, and
Chris Stevens as Sky. Other players include Antoinette Comer as Lisa, Kyle Dupree as Eddie, Emily Price as Ali, and P. Tucker
Worley as Pepper.
Catherine Johnson, a British playwright who also wrote Rag Doll, Dead Sheep
and Through the Wire, wrote Mamma Mia! in 1999. She also wrote the screenplay for the film version. The Swedish '70s band
ABBA, more specifically Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, wrote the extremely danceable music and lyrics.
The original producer for Mamma Mia! was Judy Craymer, who was also a co-creator of the production. The Dallas performance
of Mamma Mia! is produced by Work Light Productions. The director is Phyllida Lloyd, who directed the original performance,
as well as the film version.