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Mamma Mia!

The stage musical "Mamma Mia!" is a worldwide sensation; over sixty million people around the world around the world have witnessed this spectacle. Most lovers of the show have also seen the 2008 hit movie version, starring Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried. So naturally, having seen the movie and absolutely loved it, I had very high expectations walking into the Orpheum this past Tuesday on opening night. I'm glad to say that "Mamma Mia!" is the perfect splash of summer in our cold Minnesota… Continue

Added by Catherine Lily Wojda on February 11, 2017 at 2:37pm — No Comments

              Though the crowd felt exuberant as the cast of Mama Mia sang the lines “only seventeen,” I only had one thought in my mind. This could have been done by seventeen year olds. Mama Mia is…

              Though the crowd felt exuberant as the cast of Mama Mia sang the lines “only seventeen,” I only had one thought in my mind. This could have been done by seventeen year olds. Mama Mia is a 1999 jukebox musical containing hip ABBA tunes, featuring the story of a young woman named Sophie (Lizzie Markson), raised by a single mother, who is planning to get married. On the eve of her wedding, in attempt to find her father, Sophie invites three old flames of…


Added by Sabrina Merritt on February 11, 2017 at 12:28am — 1 Comment

Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! more Mamma Mia!

Exotic, thrilling and delightful are just a few words I would use to describe my experience at Mamma Mia! on Tuesday, February 7.  With bright lights and flashy musical numbers, Mamma Mia! did not disappoint. With a score of songs that everyone knows and loves, this is a fun experience for people who like a good, classic musical.


This story follows the life of Sophie and her mother, Donna. We as an audience are introduced to them a few days before Sophie’s wedding. Throughout…


Added by Clare Judge on February 11, 2017 at 12:22am — No Comments

S.O.S.! Come see Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia! is a jukebox musical of ABBA hits, composed by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus. The popularity of the show has brought it to over 40 countries, and the score has been translated into 23 languages. Mamma Mia! is returning to Minneapolis for its eighth and final time, with its classic story of a bride who just wants her father to walk her down the aisle. The bride, Sophie, secretly invites three men to her wedding that she thinks could be her father. When…


Added by Devyn Terry on February 10, 2017 at 10:05pm — 1 Comment

Gimme Gimme Gimme (An Encore)

When I went to see Mamma Mia’s farewell tour, I had low expectations. The plot of the much-loved jukebox musical, comprised of songs from the Swedish girl band Abba, seemed a little cheesy. Somehow, a story centering around a bride who invites three of her mother’s ex-lovers to her wedding didn’t seem like it would be all that entertaining to me. I could not have been more wrong.

The leads in this show gave solid…


Added by Jada ShaNel Gardner on February 10, 2017 at 9:12pm — No Comments

Mamma "Meh"a

  Mamma Mia at the orpheum theater was, quite frankly, a disappointment. The plot and story was amazing, and it’s quite easy to see why it’s a classic. In this story, based off of ABBA songs, a young girl prepares for her wedding and after reading her mother's diary and finding three men that could possibly be her father. Wanting someone to walk her down the aisle, she invites all three to her wedding. The execution of this show, however, was quite…


Added by Phina Smith on February 10, 2017 at 4:26pm — 1 Comment

My My, Maybe I Can Resist You

Sitting in the back row corner of the Orpheum I watched groups of middle aged women with wine in their hands slowly spill into the house. I kept staring at the beautifully lit turquoise blue screen onstage, wondering why there was no movement with such artistic waves. All of a sudden the band started with pounding electric guitar, immediately making me question what decade I was in. An overture began, lights dimmed and I felt the familiar chords of ABBA music quickly fill the…


Added by Linnea Stanton on February 10, 2017 at 12:15pm — 1 Comment

Mama Mia: An Inconsistent but Redeemable Production

I sat in the velvet seat with high expectations. "Mama Mia!" has been produced well as a play in the past and is a movie I love. I had my figures crossed that those expectations would be met. The performance of "Mama Mia!" at the Orpheum on February 7th, 2017 had strong elements of humor and conveyed the enjoyable story- but was highly inconsistent in terms of vocal performance and choreography.

This production of "Mama Mia!" is best described as a "hit and miss" production. The set… Continue

Added by Euphrosyne Daoutidou on February 10, 2017 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Thank You (Only) for the Music

Mama Mia!, originally written by Catherine Johnson and composed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, is a unique musical, to say the very least. Premiered in 1999, the numbers are based on songs of the 1970’s stockholm-based pop band ABBA. The upbeat soundtrack can be accredited for its popularity (certainly not the plot), which has lead to innumerable global tours, an iconic film version, as well as a fourteen year long run on Broadway! This version of the…


Added by Nina Afremov on February 10, 2017 at 1:19am — No Comments

Take a Chance on Mamma Mia! Or Don't.

The songs get stuck in your head and make your toes tap uncontrollably and the storyline is charmingly ridiculous – that’s right, it’s Mamma Mia! Featuring music by 1970’s Swedish pop group ABBA, Mamma Mia! is easily the most iconic and recognizable jukebox musical out there. This production was…


Added by Elizabeth Donovan on February 10, 2017 at 1:00am — No Comments


The Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artist’s J-Term production of The Man of La Mancha is one of the most impressive pieces of both high school musical theater and musical theater in general I have seen in a long time. From the moment the ensemble walked onstage during the overture in their incredibly specific physicalities, I was captivated by the honesty of this show. Rather than simply choosing to let the audience listen to the overture…


Added by Heidi Wiese on February 10, 2017 at 12:39am — No Comments

Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! More of Mamma Mia!

The musical Mamma Mia! tells the story of a young woman named Sophie who wants to find out who her father is before she is married to her fiancé, Sky. As she gets to know her three possible fathers throughout the few days before her wedding, she also becomes closer with her mother, which ultimately helps her discover what she truly wants from her life. The show, which is mostly comedic in nature with some emotional touches, is beloved by many, especially…


Added by Claire Karges on February 10, 2017 at 12:31am — No Comments

Mamma Mia! Lights a Fire Within Your Soul

After the Orpheum hosted an underwhelming run of The Bodyguard, it was up to Björn Ulvaeus and Catherine Johnson’s Mamma Mia!  to pick up the slack and rekindle the fire we’ve come to expect from shows there. Despite its undeniable shortcomings, Mamma Mia!  does the job with the help of a powerhouse cast, providing its audience a lovely form of escape from the harsh world beyond the stage…


Added by Eleanor Wilhelmi on February 10, 2017 at 12:30am — No Comments

Average Trouper

Madilyn Duffy

“Average Trouper”

Mamma Mia!

Everyone has that song from their childhood that they suddenly hear again for the first time in years and nostalgia hits. It comes on the radio and suddenly every single word comes back as if it was only yesterday that it was you were singing along to it at the top of your lungs. For me, Mamma Mia! was that hint of nostalgia. The entirety of the show was a flashback to my childhood, with each song bringing back memories of…


Added by Madilyn Duffy on February 10, 2017 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

My My, How Can I Resist It?

I didn't want to like Mama Mia.

Not only is it an incredibly cheesy play, but I felt as though admitting to enjoying the show would be a major blow to my masculinity. However, even though Mama Mia presented several dislikable qualities, the overall hilarity and charm made it just too lovable. Mama Mia, as most people know, is the story of Sophie (Lizzie Markson) and Dona Sheridan (Betsy Padamonsky). Sophie, Dona's 20 year old daughter, never knew her father, so when she… Continue

Added by Nick Ericksen on February 9, 2017 at 11:55pm — No Comments

16 Years In the Making

ABBA’s music, an overwhelmed 20 year old about to marry, three possible dads, and a determined mom, Mamma Mia, is playing at the Orpheum February 7-12 as part of its farewell tour. Since its world premiere in 1999, Mamma Mia has become a cultural phenomenon. The music, a glimpse into the past, tells the timeless story of Donna, a single mom living on a Greek Island trying to make a life for daughter, Sophie, and her. Include a soon approaching wedding and a long lasting…


Added by Anika Besst on February 9, 2017 at 11:36pm — No Comments

The Name of the Game is Not "Mama Mia"

In my opinion, there are three substantial “musts” for any good show- strong tech, strong energy, and a strong leading role. Unfortunately, Mama Mia lacked all three. From the moment Sophie Sheridan, played by Lizzie Markson, entered the stage and began to sing, I was immediately disappointed by the casting choice. I give Markson credit for maintaining Sophie’s youthful spunk and naiveness, her over-acting made Sophie unlikeable from the…


Added by Grace Whiting on February 9, 2017 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Mamma Mia!: I wanna go again

As the curtain rose on opening night of Mamma Mia!, I came to the realization that I had never been more anxious or excited for a show. Mamma Mia! is a classic that returned for the eighth time to play at The Orpheum Theater through February 12 as part of its farewell tour. Based on the book by Catherine Johnson and with music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus (and few songs by Stig Anderson), Mamma Mia! did not disappoint.

The soundtrack was filled with some of…


Added by Ella Padden on February 9, 2017 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Vibrant costumes, ABBA songs, Technical difficulties, and …

Mamma Mia!

Emma Meents

“Vibrant costumes, ABBA songs, technical difficulties, and …”

Mamma Mia!, an extremely renowned and well-known show, is back for it’s eighth run in Minneapolis. Although the story line is less than riveting, its quirky scenes and fun music from ABBA make it worthwhile. Running from February 7-12 at the Orpheum theatre, Mamma Mia! is the perfect show to see for a bit of…


Added by Emma Meents on February 9, 2017 at 11:20pm — No Comments

Mamma Mia!

My family and I have been huge fans of ABBA since I can remember. From singing in the car to dancing in the living room, the music of ABBA has been a part of my life for a long time. This meant that I was more than excited to see “Mamma Mia!,” a jukebox musical set on a small island in Greece. We meet Sophie as she’s sending letters to three men, one of whom she believes is her father. As the three men arrive, chaos ensues as Sophie's mother, Donna, discovers the secret as all three of her…


Added by Bella West on February 9, 2017 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

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