Mamma Mia! has been billed as the “ultimate feel-good show,” and with a plot of unbelievable twists and turns, it is easy to see why this wonderful musical is drawing in folks to be entertained repeatedly, not just for one performance, but attending for a second or third time to re-live the exhilaration.
Now, it’s our time to enjoy the fun! Mamma Mia! will sashay into the Embassy Theatre on Monday, October 20, 2014. The smash-hit cabaret that has performed all over the globe showcases Swedish pop-rock band ABBA’s unforgettable hits with a charming account of “love, laughter and friendship” that will leave you humming the music all week long.
Written by British playwright Catherine Johnson with songs composed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, former ABBA band members, the happy-go-lucky romance opens on a Greek island paradise, relating the account of a mother, daughter and three likely dads. Colorful costumes, dancing, music and a roller coaster of emotions you won’t soon forget.
Making its debut in 1999, the show has grossed more than $2 billion worldwide and been seen by more than 54 million people. And ABBA was one of the most commercially successful acts in popular music, topping the charts globally from 1975 to 1982. It was also the first group to originate from a non-speaking English country that experienced unswerving success in the charts of English-speaking countries.
Some of the ABBA songs performed include “Knowing Me, Knowing You,” “Dancing Queen,” “Lay All Your Love on Me,” “Our Last Summer,” “Does Your Mother Know?” and many more.
An observation: it is worth noting that one of the advance notices of the musical makes a point to inform prospective ticket buyers that no children are allowed. A family endeavor this is not, but rather a somewhat, um, frisky frolic for adults only.
The Embassy Theatre is located at 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46802. Tickets can be purchased through the Embassy Theatre box office (260)-424-5665, all Ticketmaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com, or charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000. Visit www.fwembassytheatre.org for more information.
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Barb Sieminski is a freelance writer and photographer for several magazines and newspapers. She received her B.A. and M.S. in art and English, from the University of St. Francis. When not chained to the computer, she follows her passion of fishing, believing that all good things come to she who baits . . .