Hamilton-Gibson Productions brings “Mamma Mia” to Mansfield University’s Straughn Auditorium stage in July. Performances by the 30-member cast will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, Saturdays, July 13 and July 20 and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 21.
“Here are 30 people, many heretofore unknown to each other, spending hours and hours together, singing, dancing, laughing, creating something wonderful for the whole family,” said director Thomas Putnam. “Some of these folks had never been on stage before, ever. Others have not only been on stage, but know the words to every ABBA song ever recorded. It’s a wonderful mix of people and backgrounds and interests in a dramatically creative process. We’re looking forward to sharing it with the community.”
The storytelling magic of ABBA’s music and lyrics for this global smash hit, such as “Gimme Gimme, Gimme,” “The Name of the Game,” “Knowing Me, Knowing You” and “Super Trouper,” are from Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus who, along with Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha Fältskog formed ABBA in 1972. The band shot to fame by winning the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest with “Waterloo,” and, before splitting up 37 years ago in 1982, had many big hits in the 1970s such as “Dancing Queen.” The Swedish pop group recently reunited and is planning to release a new song this September or October.