Mamma Mia! review + pics

She’s invited three men from her mother’s past to her wedding on a Greek isle – and each of the (wildly different) suitors are in contention for a starring role as her father. What begins as a girl’s search for her identity becomes her mother Donna’s attempt to reconcile her[image-1] past, as she kicks out old demons (and boyfriends) with a song, a sandled foot and a shot of ouzo. As Donna comes to terms with her past and embraces her daughter’s future, Sophia realizes that she might not have to rush to adulthood just to avoid her making her mother’s mistakes.

Perhaps the show’s high point is the soundtrack of ABBA hits (all of which I was far too familiar with for my liking) and the outta-this-century costuming. The encore kicks it up a notch, with the cast dressed in sky-high silver platforms and an array of highlighter-bright costumes bedecked with    fringe, capes, ruffles, tutus and sequins.If [image-2]you’re asking yourself what all that has to do with the story of a wedding on a Greek isle, so is everyone else who’s ever seen Mamma Mia! What I do know is that you can’t question this much fun. Aug. 11-16, 8 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 2 and 8 p.m. Sat., 2 and 7 p.m. Sun., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Rd., Clearwater, $47-$67, 727-791-7400,

You can’t help but smile while watching a kitschy, sing-along show like Mamma Mia!, which jives onto the stage at Ruth Eckerd Hall this weekend. It might not be as glamorous as the big-big stage touring productions at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, but think of it as an off-Broadway gem – the cast of Mamma Mia! shines in the more intimate setting. Twenty year-old Sophia brings the audience in on her big secret:

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