On Stage: Mamma Mia!

It’s a good weekend to be an Abba fan. “Mamma Mia!” is in town for a brief 3-day run. And you’ve already missed the first day so you better get your dancing shoes down to the box office right now.

For the musical theater-impaired, “Mamma Mia!” is the cheesy, breezy, party-like-it’s-1976 show that combines typical musical theater shenanigans with the music of pop band Abba. It’s been playing on a stage somewhere since in opened in 1999.

The MAMMA MIA! North American Tour Company, Photo by Joan Marcus

The MAMMA MIA! North American Tour Company, Photo by Joan Marcus

Set on a Greek island, it’s the story of Sophie (Kyra Belle Johnson), a young woman who wants her unknown father to attend her wedding. She has it narrowed down to three candidates — travel writer Bill (Ryan M. Hunt), architect Sam (Chad W. Fornwalt) and banker Harry (Max Ehrlich). She’s invited all three to the island under the pretense that it is her mother who did the inviting.

Meanwhile, mother Donna (Erin Fish) has plenty to do trying to run a hotel and prepare for her daughter’s wedding. Donna used to sing in a girl band with pals Tanya (Laura Michelle Hughes) and Rosie (Sarah Smith), who arrive to provide moral support and help with the festivities.

Once Donna finds out why three of her ex-lovers have shown up — and once the men find out why they’ve been brought there — well, typical musical comedy shenanigans ensue. all to the rhythm of such timeless Abba classics as “Dancing Queen,” “Take A Chance On Me,” “The Winner Takes It All” and “S.O.S.”

“Mamma Mia!” is a fun show regardless if you are an Abba fan or not. I’m pretty neutral about the band and I enjoyed it. The actors do good work and appear to enjoy themselves on stage. The costumes are colorful, the music is memorable and the set design is spartan but serviceable.

“Mamma Mia!” runs through Sunday at the Fox Theatre. http://www.fabulousfox.com/  

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