Published July 16, 2018 | By Adrienne Proctor
What a whirlwind! Lyric Theatre has given us a wonderful Summer at the Civic series, and this memorable season is closing out with another hit. Mamma Mia! opens July 24th and runs until the 29th. Mamma Mia! is a crowd pleaser that features the legendary music of Abba. Lyric’s production of this fun show is directed and choreographed by Lyn Cramer. Of the show, Cramer says “Mamma Mia! is the ultimate feel-good tale of love conquering all. A celebration of love, laughter, family and friendship, Mamma Mia! is exactly what the world needs right now, an uplifting, fun-filled night at the theatre.”
The third and final show of the season continues a familiar theme- weddings. Sophie, played by Jessica Martens, is on a gorgeous Greek island for her wedding. She wants her dad to walk her down the aisle, but she’s not quite sure who that is! Thanks to some inventive research, she invites three prospective dads, without telling her unsuspecting Mom, Donna (Meredith Inglesby). A revelation, a calamity, and an unexpected reunion is in store, all set to flashy musical numbers that defined the disco era.
The three possible fathers who show up to walk their could-be daughter down the aisle are Harry, played by Gregory DeCandia, Bill, played by Tommy Glenn, and Sam, played by Steve Blanchard. Lyric’s production also stars Renee Anderson as Rosie, Barb Schoenhofer as Tanya, and Ashley Arnold as Lisa. Music direction is by David Andrews Rogers, scenic design is by Kimberly Powers, and costume design is by Jeffrey Meek. Lighting design is by Helena Kuukka and sound design is by Anthony Risi. Julie Meyer is the production stage manager.
Mamma Mia first opened on Broadway in 1999 and was an instant success. Two of the original members of the band ABBA helped develop the theatrical work. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus incorporated some of Abba’s most popular songs into the show. Mamma Mia the movie, released in 2008 and starring Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried, was one of the top films of the year. The movie sequel is set to be released later this month. That makes Lyric’s production of the original show a perfectly timed event to close out the summer. With fun music, a wild story-line, and unforgettable dance numbers, Mamma Mia will entertain and uplift audiences, and serve a dose of nostalgia that’s just perfect for a hot summer night.