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Play Review

Tuesday, 5 November, 2013 11:21 PM

'Mamma Mia!' is amazing at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit

Photo ©Kevin Thomas Garcia, 2013

"MAMMA MIA!" National Tour Cast

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

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DETROIT -- Mamma Mia!, the smash hit musical, returns to Detroit's Fisher Theatre for one week only, Nov. 5-10, 2013. The play begins when Sophie Sheridan (Chelsea Williams) sings "I have a dream" and mails three invitations to three former lovers her mother wrote about in her diary 20 years ago, thinking one of them may be her father.

Donna, her mother, (Georgia Kate Haege) was the lead singer of the group Donna and the Dynamos. She raised Sophie alone and is a very independent person. She also owns a hotel on a Greek island, which took hard work and not a penny extra for herself. Donna also invites two of her best friends to the wedding who are former band members, the practical Rosie (Carly Sakolove) and three-times married Tanya (Gabrielle Mirabella). When they find out about Sophie's quest to find her real father, Rosie says "Let's hope it's a wide aisle."

On the day before the wedding, when the three men arrive, Donna is less than pleased and wonders why they are here. Sophie tells them to lie until she figures out which one is her father and will walk her down the aisle. The wedding day turns into chaos as new love blooms and old friendships are rekindled.

Mamma Mia! is a romantic comedy with a score that consists of disco songs by the Swedish pop group, Abba, such as "Dancing Queen," "Money, Money, Money", "Take a chance on me" and "Mamma Mia" among others. The choreography and dance numbers are fabulous.

I thought the music was loud and really could have used ear plugs during some of the songs. There was laser lighting and smoke during the performance. There was also a 15-minute intermission between the two acts. The theatre was packed, not a single empty seat to be found. I really enjoyed the performance.

Tickets for "Mamma Mia!" range from $30-$76 which includes parking and facility fees. Tuesday through Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are now on sale at Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-982-2787, online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.broadwayindetroit.com and at the Fisher Theatre box office.

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Photo ©Kevin Thomas Garcia, 2013

Michael Colavolpe, Don Winsor and Mark A. Harmon in "Mamma Mia!" North American Tour

 

Photo ©Kevin Thomas Garcia, 2013

Gabrielle Mirabella, Georgia Kate Haege and Carly Sakolove in "Mamma Mia!" North American Tour

 

 

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