The River Raisin Repertory Company [Monroe Michigan] opens its 2019-2020 season with the international smash hit Mamma Mia! The enchanting, hilarious story that has become an international sensation is told through Swedish pop group ABBA’s timeless hits and takes place on a magical Greek island paradise.
RRRC’s production takes place on Friday, November 8 th and Saturday November 9 th at 7:30 pm and closes on Sunday, November 10 at 3pm. Tickets are $18 for children, $23 for seniors (60+), and $25 (regular), and are on sale in person at the RRCA Box Office, 114 South Monroe Street,via phone at 734-242-7722, or online riverraisincentre.org. The show is graciously sponsored by Monroe Bank & Trust, a division of First Merchants Bank.
The energy and charm of ABBA’s songs propel this enchanting tale with love, laughter and
friendship. On the eve of her wedding, Sophie has secretly invited three men from her mother Donna’s past back to the Greek island paradise they last visited 20 years ago in a quest to discover the identity of her father. Donna’s long-time friends from her past girl-group “Donna and the Dynamos” also arrive for the wedding to catch up and reminisce. Non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers, along with the magic of ABBA’s hit songs including, “Super Trouper,” “Dancing Queen,” “Knowing Me, Knowing You,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “Thank You for the Music,” “Money, Money, Money,” “The Winner Takes It All,” and “SOS,” combine to make this sunny, funny show a memorable trip down the aisle!
Under Mike Trapp’s direction, the creative team includes Choreographer Isabella Arnold, Music Director Josh Glover, Sound Designer Derek Arnold, and Production Stage Dan Redford. The cast includes Madyson Davis as Sophie Sheridan, Sabriyah Davis as Ali, Margaret Fleming as Lisa, Tracy Glover as Donna Sheridan, LeeAnn Bass as Tanya, Tara Robinson as Rosie, Dan Redford as Bill Austin, Jeff King as Harry Bright, Brian Welch as Sam Charmichaels, Dwight Grifka as Father Alexandrios, Corionn Taylor as Eddie, Alex Molnar as Pepper. and Tristan Daniels as Sky. The ensemble includes: Madison Spears, Baillie Leach, Jackson Clark, Cassondra Kiley, Susannah Cochran, Ariel Bennett, Donna Derby, Gabe Molnar, Jessica Thompson, Becky Fournier, Sophia Weinman, Laura Gawel, Emma Glover, Britney Rec, Lisa Lewandowski, Bekah Gawel, Mary Jo Stoyanovich, Aaron Smith, and Maggie Granata.
Mamma Mia! came to fruition under the idea of theatre producer Judy Craymer. After seeing the 1983 musical, Chess, for which Andersson and Ulvaeus also wrote the music, she asked to sit down with them and talk about future plans. When she heard their song “The Winner Takes It All,” she realized the theatrical potential of the group’s pop songs. Although the composers were initially not enthusiastic about the idea, they commissioned her to go forward with their work. Craymer then recruited playwright Catherine Johnson to write the book and took on Phyllida Lloyd as the director of the original London production. The musical opened on Broadway in 2001 and closed in 2015 having played 5,773 performances. It has played in more than 50 countries on 6 continents and has been translated into 22 languages reaching over 60 million people worldwide. Mamma Mia! has set the record for premiering in more cities faster than another musical in history. In 2002 it was nominated for 5 Tony Awards, 3 Drama Desk Awards, and 2 Outer Critics Circle Awards. The Chinese premiere at the Shanghai Grand Theatre on July 11, 2011, was the first time a contemporary Western musical was presented in Chinese in Shanghai. A film adaptation of Mamma Mia! was released in July 2008 featuring Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, and Pierce Brosnan.
To avoid a service charge, you may purchase tickets in person at the box office at the RRCA, 114 South Monroe Street, Monroe Michigan, or by phone: 734-242-7722. Tickets may also be purchased at the door one hour prior to show time.