Employing the chart-topping catalogue of Swedish supergroup ABBA, Mamma Mia! tells the story of a former pop-singer turned hotel owner on a Greek Island. On the weekend of her daughter’s wedding, she is reunited with the former members of her girl group and three ex-beaus, one of whom is the father of the bride-to-be. The long-running international hit has played more than 5,000 performances and grossed $575 million in New York alone. Worldwide, with productions in over 325 major cities, the take is over $2 billion. Whether you’ve bogeyed down with the show before or have yet to experience it, here are five reasons to see Mamma Mia!
The score is ABBA-solutely fabulous
All your favorite ABBA tunes are here, and the way book-writer Catherine Johnson has fit them into the story makes hearing them twice as much fun. You’ll groove to “The Name of the Game,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Lay All Your Love on Me,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “Knowing Me, Knowing You,” and many others.
It’s a deliciously guilty pleasure
Sure the plot is a little silly, but Phyllida Lloyd’s energetic direction and the dynamic performances make this a rollicking, feel-good time.
You are a Dancing Queen
This is not a show where you just sit quietly. At the exuberant curtain call, theatergoers are encouraged to get up and dance in the aisles.
It’s like taking a vacation
Mark Thompson’s production design and Howard Harrison’s lighting create such a convincing sun-drenched Greek island setting, you’ll want to take off your shoes and walk on the beach.
It’s great for date night or for a night out with the girls
This is one of the few Broadway shows that’s appropriate for either a romantic date night or for a raucous ladies night. Mom and daughters will enjoy it as well.