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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

Mamma Mia! Here we go again!

Mamma Mia! is not the eighth longest running show on Broadway without good reason. The story of a woman’s search to discover who her father is in time for the big wedding pulls viewers in with music by ABBA, they stay for the humor and strong connections with the story’s characters. An otherwise stunning production of Mamma Mia! at the Orpheum Theater let down by Lizzie Markson’s performance.…


Added by Liv Krusinski on February 9, 2017 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Mamma Mia Delights Despite Technical Difficulties

Mama Mia! is a show that really makes you wonder: who came up with this idea, and how does it work this well? Turns out, it is all thanks to producer Judy Craymer hearing “The Winner Takes It All,” which sparked the idea in her brain that Swedish pop group ABBA’s songs might have theatrical potential. As it happens, she was right, and the show has been allowing former dancing queens to relive their glory days and introducing new audiences to ABBA’s music ever since. Based around a Greek…


Added by Delia Grimes on February 9, 2017 at 10:48pm — No Comments

Take a chance on mamma mia!

Everybody loves a story of love and realization, but add ABBA’s music to the mix and it’s a hit! In the Farewell Tour of the iconic Mamma Mia!, this story comes alive while following Sophie, a soon-to-be married woman in search of her unknown father. She invites the three men she suspects to be her father to her wedding in hopes of recognizing him right away. Throughout the show, we learn about each of the men, Sophie, and her mother. This will be the eighth time this show…


Added by Sam Irvin on February 9, 2017 at 10:33pm — No Comments

Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia

                This fast paced, complicated show kept you on your toes but was readily understandable and easy to follow.  The new and old relationships of all the characters are evident in all of their interactions and subtle implications.  I usually don’t remember the character’s names long after a show, but not so with ‘Mamma Mia!’

                The entire ensemble was skillful and very entertaining.  The coordination that all of the actors shared…


Added by Ruby Schroeder on February 9, 2017 at 10:16pm — No Comments

S.O.S this show is so good!

There is a reason Mamma Mia! has visited the Orpheum so many times. It’s one of Broadway’s most famous musicals, filled with love, laughter, and amazing songs from ABBA.  Director Phyllida Lloyd did a fantastic job. The show is about a girl named Sophie Sheridan and her mother Donna Sheridan and their time before the big wedding day for Sophie. This old classic doesn't change when it comes to details between the movie musical and the stage musical.…


Added by Ananda Cordova Stuart on February 9, 2017 at 10:01pm — 1 Comment

I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, Recommend Seeing MAMMA MIA!

     With jukebox tunes from ABBA, a fun, cheesy story, and a fantastic cast, The Farewell Tour of Mamma Mia was stellar.

     When I first walked into the show, this set impressed me by its simplicity. The stage looked squeaky clean and very aesthetically pleasing. I appreciated in the opening number that all the characters’ costumes matched the color scheme of the set. It was almost like a watercolor of turquoise, dark blue and purple. I thought the lighting and set were both very…


Added by Madi Nelson on February 9, 2017 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Mamma Mia

Megan Weber

Mamma Mia

Thank you for the Music

On Tuesday night, I had the joy of seeing Mamma Mia at the Orpheum. This musical comedy revolves around Sophie Sheridan (Lizzie Markson) who is getting ready for her wedding. Sheridan wants to have her father walk down the…


Added by Megan Weber on February 9, 2017 at 9:19pm — No Comments


Don’t have the money to vacation on a greek island? Avoid the jet-lag and be swept away in this talent filled rendition of Mama Mia!. On its farewell tour, and its whopping seventh visit to Minneapolis, Mama Mia! will keep you laughing during this broadway favorite. Playing through February 23 at the Orpheum theater in downtown Minneapolis, this production has been sold out and people are crowding to the theater. Not, to worry, this cast did not disappoint. The singing! The…


Added by Zoe Redfern-Hall on February 9, 2017 at 8:56pm — No Comments

Thank You For The Music, but...

You have one final chance to walk down the isle at the Mamma Mia, now playing at the Orpheum Theatre through February 12th! Having been seen by over 60 million people worldwide in over 16 languages, Mamma Mia tells a story of love, laughter and friendship featuring over 20 of ABBA’s greatest hits. Differing slightly from the 2008 movie starring Meryl Streep, Mamma Mia follows Sophie Sheridan and her dream to have her father give her away on her wedding night.…


Added by Thomas Bertron on February 9, 2017 at 7:53pm — No Comments

Not worth the money money money

The farewell cast of the Broadway musical “Mamma Mia” lacked believability and energy in their performance at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis on February 7, 2017. The jukebox musical consisting of ABBA’s greatest hits was first produced in 1999 in London, hit Broadway, and became a movie in 2008, so most people have prior knowledge and expectations of Mamma Mia when they see it on tour. Unfortunately, the cast doesn’t live up to the expectations when it comes to singing, acting, or…


Added by Leo Driessen on February 9, 2017 at 6:53pm — No Comments

Honey, Honey, How You... Mediocrely Thrill Me?

Musicals are often a great source of lighthearted entertainment. Audiences flock to the theater to forget the real world for two hours and enjoy beautiful music. Mamma Mia! is the perfect musical for an audience looking for an upbeat and fun show. It follows the tale of Sophie Sheridan as she secretly attempts to find which of 3 men is her father at her wedding in Greece. Mamma Mia! features some of ABBA’s most popular hits,…


Added by Kayli Schneider on February 9, 2017 at 3:14pm — 1 Comment

Mamma Mia! As Cheeky as Ever!

“Mamma Mia! is a must see spectacle that has returned for the seventh time to the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis. This show will be here through February 23. Mama Mia feels like a classic musical even though it’s only been around for 15 years. Even with it being Abba’s 40th Anniversary, the 70’s music is still relatable, pulling you in, filling the stage with energy. The story is full of humor, while still having content, you can not help but get into this show.”

That is how I began…


Added by Claire Mathews-Lingen on February 9, 2017 at 3:09pm — 2 Comments

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