Sure, there’s a story… but it’s really all about the songs. Mamma Mia! — the tenth longest running show in Broadway history — is on stage now at the National Theatre.
It’s the story of an independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna, who is coming to terms with the marriage of Sophie, the spirited daughter she’s raised alone. Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends to the wedding — practical and no-nonsense Rosie and wealthy, multi-divorcee Tanya. (Both were back-up singers for her once-upon-a-time during her rockstar days; they made up Donna and the Dynamos; and in this show, they provide the comic relief.)
But unbeknownst to Donna, Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own.
She’s on a quest to find the identity of her father so he can walk her down the aisle, so she brings back three men from Donna’s past to solve the mystery, rekindle some romances… and maybe bloom some new ones.
It’s all inspired by — and told through — the songs of ABBA… from “Dancing Queen” and “S.O.S.” to “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me.”
You’ll laugh, you’ll cringe. You’ll wonder how Sophie’s fiance Sky manages to get in his wetsuit without missing a beat of his song. And you’ll forgive the story for being majorly melodramatic… because dancing to those finale songs has you leaving the theatre with the most fabulous feeling.
Aaaaand you might get lucky! Each performance (March 4 – 9th) will have a day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of best available seats! Each performance day, beginning two hours prior to show time, present yourself in person at the National Theatre lobby where a limited number of names will be drawn to purchase best-available seats at $25 each, cash only.
*Photos credit Kevin Thomas Garcia