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Bring on the ‘Dancing Queens’ as ‘Mamma Mia’ opens at Heinz Hall Tuesday

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Mamma Mia,” the smash musical based on the songs of ABBA, returns to Pittsburgh for a sixth run with a week of singing, dancing and comedy magic February 11 – 16 at Heinz Hall.

“It’s a lot of ABBA and a lot of music that will get you grooving in your seat,” said Gabrielle Mirabella, who plays Tanya. “My main role is to make people laugh. I’m part of the comedy cohorts who come in and make a mess of things. It’s like Shakespearian ABBA.”

Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA with songs like “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.” and “Money, Money, Money,” “Mamma Mia” follows a single mother, Donna, who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island. As she prepares for her only daughter, Sophie’s, wedding, Donna invites her life-long and polar opposite friends (Tanya and Rosie). Of course, Sophie had a few plans of her own by secretly inviting three of her own guests in a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle.

“You’re going to have a fun time,” said Mirabella. “You will be dancing in the end. Our finale is one of the best parts of the show.”

The story is truly a celebration of mothers and daughters everywhere and has become a family tradition for many families. With music that spans across generations, it’s a chance for families to enjoy special moments and time together.

“I would always see the show with my mom and will continue to do so after the tour ends,” said Mirabella. “There are a lot of moms and daughters coming to see the show together because it brings special memories.”

“Mamma Mia” stars Georgia Kate Haege as Donna, the independent single mother and Chelsea Williams as Sophie, Donna’s daughter and bride to be. Rounding out the comedy crew are Mirabella as Tanya, the married and divorced friend and Carly Sakolove as Rosie, the carefree best friend. Potential fathers to Sophie are Michael Colavolpe as Bill Austin, Mark A. Harmon as Harry Bright and Don Winsor as Sam Carmichael.

“Mamma Mia” is one of Broadway’s longest running shows in history and now in its fifteenth year and celebrating more than 5,000 performances, plus an international tour. The film adaptation starring Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Meryl Streep and Colin Firth broke several records as well as becoming the most successful movie musical of all time grossing $600 million worldwide.

“It’s the first time I’ve done a show professionally where people are buying tickets months in advance,” said Mirabella. “They’re coming in with merchandise and homemade items. There are super fans waiting for us to come to town. With this show, you have such a connection to the audience and bring them something they love.”

Great seats are still available with tickets starting at just $23. Visit www.trustarts.org for more details.

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