Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Mamma Mia

Last evening I attended opening night of Mamma Mia, the smash Broadway hit based on the songs of Abba. The play revolves around wedding preparations for a young Sophie Sherridan, set on a beautiful Greek island. Raised by a strong single mother, Sophie wants nothing more than to know who her real father is. She has narrowed the possibilities down to three men, all of whom she invited to her upcoming nuptials. Hilarity ensues as hi-jinks and shenanigans unfold. The plot unfolds wrapped to a musical score of Abba classics such as "Dancing Queen," "Super Trooper," and  "Take a Chance on Me."
Kay Tuckerman's portrayal of Sophie's strong, independent mother Donna and her two best friends/one time back up singers Mary Callahan (Rosie) and Alison Ewing (Tanya) were among my favorites of the show. Reminiscent of three girlfriends recreating some of their fun memories, the trio sang, danced, and created such a fun experience for the show.

The musical aspect of the show was of course one of the absolute best parts. As a child who was raised to the sounds of 70's, Abba's music makes listeners want to sing along and dance right in the aisle. There were several times during the show the audience spontaneously broke out clapping along to the beat and could be heard softly singing along.

Mamma Mia is a rocking fun play that all ages will enjoy. The play is running in Pittsburgh through Sunday at Heinz Hall. Or visit the Mamma Mia National Tour site for information on when it might be visiting your city!

Disclaimer: I was provided tickets for the show by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust but all the opinions expressed here are my own.