Theatre Talk: MAMMA MIA! The Farewell Tour

Who would’ve thought that a tiny wedding on a small Greek island would garner so much attention? MAMMA MIA! is back one last time at The Fox Theatre, and it will not disappoint!

I’ve seen this musical twice now. Each time I see it, I find a new love for it. It’s immediately fresh when the curtains rise and you see the white stone walls that Betsy Padamonsky’s character, Donna built. This production didn’t seem forcefully contrite by intertwining ABBA songs with a complex storyline. It was a fun rollercoaster ride of emotion, that ends on a feel-good note. It was fun seeing the feather boas adorned by wives in the audience, and seeing husbands slightly guffaw at the middle-aged people jokes onstage. This show gave me life, and reminded me of what love truly means. Aside from the flashy dance sequences and the shirtless guys dancing in swimming fins, the story’s purpose is simple–love.

Tanya, "Donna" and Sky

From Left to Right (Cashelle Butler/Tanya; Myself; Dustin Harris Smith/Sky)

I even had the opportunity to learn some of the choreography from the show with Cashelle Butler (Tanya) and Dustin Harris Smith (Sky). No one said I was any good, but it was fun! Both are extremely excited to be a part of this show, and their performances definitely show that. Smith, being an Atlanta native, told me it was an absolute dream come true to be performing on The Fox Theatre stage.

MAMMA MIA! is one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history, and we are so thankful here in Atlanta to have seen the touring production one last time. Be sure to dig in the Dancing Queen and grab your tickets here!

 

–Wendell Scott

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