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Mamma Mia! Is a Fun Night with Neuse Little Theatre at the "The Hut" in Smithfield

On Friday, Sept. 20th, the Neuse Little Theatre opened its 46th Season to a full house for Mamma Mia! Originally produced in London and then running on Broadway from 2001 to 2015, Mamma Mia! was created around the chart-topping hits of the 1970s Swedish pop group ABBA. The book by Catherine Johnson weaves a whimsical… Read More ›

NCT's cast for Mamma Mia! includes (from left) Stephanie Pope as Tanya, Mary Mattison as Sophie, Erick Patrick as Sky, Lauren Kennedy as Donna, and Lulu Picart as Rosie (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

NC Theatre’s Mamma Mia! Is Incredibly Entertaining … and So Much More

It’s hard to believe that the 1999 jukebox musical, Mamma Mia!, based on and including many of ABBA’s hit songs, is turning 20. In fact, it’s the same age as young Sophie (Mary Mattison), one of the central characters on which this show, onstage now through NC Theatre at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium and directed… Read More ›

Mamma Mia! stars Lauren Kennedy (center) as Donna (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

NCT’s Mamma Mia! Had the Audience Dancing in the Aisles on Tuesday Night

Last night, the North Carolina Theatre‘s production of Mamma Mia! brought the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium audience to its feet for multiple standing ovations. In fact, it had folks dancing in the aisles at Memorial Auditorium, where it runs through Sunday, Feb. 17th. Written by British playwright Catherine Johnson, based on the music of the popular… Read More ›

The farewell tour of Mamma Mia!, now playing at DPAC, stars (center, from left) Cashelle Butler as Tanya, Betsy Padamonsky as Donna, and Sarah Smith as Rosie (photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia)

Can’t Stand Another Day of the News? "Take a Chance" on Mamma Mia! at DPAC

Mamma Mia!, running May 5-7 at the Durham Performing Arts Center, might just be the antidote for the poison of our currently reality. Its earwig ABBA songbook harkens back to a time when ridiculous hair and neon orange were just harmless fashion trends; and if love wasn’t exactly free, it was still very reasonable. The… Read More ›

Triangle theatergoers will have the time of their lives at Mamma Mia! (photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia)

Here We Go Again … The Mamma Mia! Farewell Tour Will Play Five Shows at DPAC on May 5-7

“Mamma mia, here [we] go again/My my, how can [we] resist you?” The North American “farewell tour” of the global musical sensation Mamma Mia! is returning to the Durham Performing Arts Center for five high-octane performances on May 5-7. This 1999 West End and 2001 Broadway mega-hit, which features a book by Catherine Johnson and… Read More ›