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Thursday, 14 April, 2011 9:37 PM
'Mamma Mia' is spectacular at Detroit's Fisher Theatre
DETROIT -- The musical "Mamma Mia" returns to the Fisher Theatre in Detroit from April 13-17, 2011. I went to the first performance which began 10 minutes after the 8:00 p.m. start time. The set was the white stucco taverna (hotel) located on a Greek Island. Donna, played by Kaye Tuckerman, is an independent single mother who owned the taverna.
The first Act was the day before the wedding of her daughter, Sophie, played by Chloe Tucker, whom she raised by herself. As the show begins, Sophie reads from her mother's diary and finds that she has been seeing three men at the time she was born.
Now Donna invited her two closest girlfriends, however, Sophie secretly invites three men which she will pursue to find out which one is her father. As all three arrive on the island, she reminisces about their past 20 year visit to her mother and hints to each one without really asking which one it is.
The costumes were colorful and sparkly as they sang songs from the 70's group ABBA which will bring back some memories to the audience. The singing was fabulous and rather loud. However it could be that we sat 10 rows from the stage.
With a 15-minute intermission, Act Two begins with her three so-called fathers wanting to walk her down the aisle. But there was a change in plans. During this time, new love blooms and old romances are rekindled as the ending has a shockingly different twist to the story.
"Mamma Mia" is produced by Judy Craymer, Richard East and Björn Ulvaeus. The musical is written by Catherine Johnson and directed by Phyllida Lloyd. The music and lyrics were written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. Anthony Van Laast handles choreography duties while Mark Thompson did the production design. The lighting design was done by Howard Harrison with thesound design by Andrew Bruce and Bobby Aitken.
Wednesday through Saturday performances are all at 8 p.m. with a Thursday matinee at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinee performances are at 2 p.m. with a Sunday evening performance starting at 7:30 p.m.
The play was very upbeat with all the dancing and singing. So I would definitely recommend this musical.
OVERALL RATING: A
Ticket prices for the Detroit engagement of MAMMA MIA! Range from $29–$85 (includes parking and facility fees) and are now on sale at the Fisher Theatre box office from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and all Ticketmaster locations. Tickets are also available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.BroadwayinDetroit.com, and by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-982-2787. Limited premium seats are available at the box office only. For group sales (12 or more), please call (313) 871-1132 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo credit: Joan Marcus
Kaye Tuckerman and Chloe Tucker in MAMMA MIA! North American Tour 2010
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