'Mamma Mia!' look at what's back at TPAC

Monday, February 1, 2010 at 3:51pm
Staff Reports

Mamma Mia!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA — specifically Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus—returns to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall, March 2-7, as part of HCA/TriStar Broadway at TPAC.

Tickets ($26-71, depending on date and seat) are on sale now through www.tpac.org/mammamia, or by calling (615) 782-4040, or visiting the TPAC Box Office (Downtown or at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in The Mall at Green Hills).

More than 40 million people around the world have seen Mamma Mia!, which is currently celebrating seven sold-out years at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway. The original West End production has played more than 4,000 performances, an international tour has played in more than 40 foreign cities, and the blockbuster feature film adaptation, produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman, is the most successful movie musical of all time grossing $600 million worldwide.

“The show that’s about a walk down the aisle – and leads to audiences dancing in the aisles – is back by very popular demand,” said Kathleen O’Brien, TPAC’s president and CEO.

An independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna is about to let go of Sophie, the spirited daughter she’s raised alone. For Sophie’s wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends — practical and no-nonsense Rosie and wealthy, multi-divorcee Tanya — from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos. But Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own.

Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA’s songs from “Dancing Queen” and “S.O.S.” to “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me,” Mamma Mia! is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found.

The Tennessee Performing Arts Center is at 505 Deaderick St. downtown. Curtain times are: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.



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