Mamma Mia! – An Atlanta Theater Fans Review

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Stephanie Barnum as Ali, Chloe Tucker as Sophie and Elena Marisa Flores as Lisa in Mamma Mia! Photo by Joan Marcus

Here we go again! Mamma Mia! is back, singing and dancing its way through Atlanta this week at the Fox Theater. The Broadway musical, which is based on the hit songs of Swedish band ABBA, boasts an evening of fun for old fans and new ones alike.

The plot of Mamma Mia! centers around a marriage, a mother, and her daughter’s three possible fathers. Sophie Sheridan (Chloe Tucker) is three months away from her wedding day, and she desperately wants to have her father walk her down the aisle. The only problem: She doesn’t know who her father is. Then, Sophie finds her mother’s old diary and learns of three men from Donna Sheridan’s past. Believing one of them could be her father, Sophie secretly sends them invitations to the wedding, hoping to find out the truth.

Meanwhile, Donna Sheridan (Kaye Tuckerman) is busy running a hotel on the Greek island where the wedding is to take place. Donna is an independent woman who has made a life for herself and her daughter, and she has no desire to revisit the past. But when the three possible fathers all arrive on the island for the wedding, thinking they’ve been invited by Donna, things spin chaotically out of control.

Chloe Tucker brings the perfect amount of pep and wide-eyed hopefulness to the role of Sophie. From the first chords of “Honey, Honey,” she keeps the audience right beside her in the journey to find herself before she takes her wedding vows.

Kaye Tuckerman lends a wild energy to the role of Donna, and Paul DeBoy, John-Michael Zuerlein, and Christian Whelan shine as Donna’s old flames who threaten to turn her independent life upside down.

The simply designed set makes for quick, seamless transitions and keeps the action moving along from one hit musical number to the next. Every ABBA song is a story all its own, and they blend amazingly into one single musical journey—as if they were written just for the show.

National Tour Cast of Mamma Mia! Photo by Joan Marcus

“Dancing Queen” is an audience favorite. When Donna’s best friends Tanya and Rosie (Alison Ewing and Mary Callanan) arrive to cheer her up, the trio performs one of ABBA’s most well-known songs with hilarious antics and big vocals.

The show’s ensemble is a well-oiled machine, cranking out the big numbers with crisp, clever choreography that fills the stage with life, despite the small cast size. “Money, Money, Money”, “Lay All Your Love on Me”, and “Mamma Mia” are a treat to watch.

Mamma Mia! is the perfect musical if you’re looking for an evening of fanciful entertainment and a chance to leave your busy schedule at the door and relax. And make sure to stick around after the curtain call for some rousing numbers that will have you on your feet, clapping and singing along.

Mamma Mia! runs November 2 to 6 at the Fabulous Fox Theater as a season special in the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta series. The show’s running time is 2 hours and 40 minutes with one intermission. Tickets are available at the Fox Theatre box office, all Ticketmaster outlets and http://www.ticketmaster.com/.

– Christi Whitney