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Thursday matinee: MAMMA MIA! on Broadway

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MAMMA MIA! on Broadway

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Looking for something to do on Thursday afternoon? How about a Broadway play? The Thursday matinee timeslot currently includes three Broadway shows: Cinderella, Phantom of the Opera, and MAMMA MIA!

After hearing a lot of good things, I decided to check out MAMMA MIA! while I was in the city. The show feature smash hits from Swedish pop group ABBA, and select songs with Stig Anderson that are composed and directed by Wendy Bobbitt Cavett. The show is choreographed by Anthony Van Laast and directed by Phyllida Llyod.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry—it’s a typical cliché you’ll hear often to describe a story, but I’m going to have to use it. Because with Mamma Mia on Broadway, you’ll be dazzled, entertained, and you’ll certainly be in stitches. But the show has its emotional moments, particularly the “Slipping Through My Fingers”number.

Hands down, the most talented performer of the show was Judy McLane as Donna Sheridan, with Elena Ricardo (Sophie Sheridan) following closely behind.

The best part was when the three potential fathers all came face-to-face with Donna for the first time after 20 years. At a complete loss for words, she musters up the best excuse she can think up in order to avoid the confrontation and leave the room: “I have to….go clean out my purse.”

The bottom line: see this show. It’s been on Broadway since 2001 for a reason and 13 years later they’re still filling up the theater—obviously they must be doing something right!

For more information, show times, and to buy tickets, visit the official MAMMA MIA! website.

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