Written by Danielle Boise; Photography Courtesy of MAMMA MIA! Farewell Tour, Kevin Thomas Garcia, 2016
Mother-daughter duo Donna (Betsy Padamonsky) and Sophie Sheridan (Lizzie Markson) give a rousing performance in the smash Broadway hit, MAMMA MIA!: The Farewell Tour at the fabulous Fox Theatre. This limited run show, from June 13-June 18, will give you a serious case of the feels.
Set to the music international sensation, ABBA. Taking from their musical canon, a litany of emotionally charged songs, like Dancing Queen, Does Your Mother Know, S.O.S, Take a Chance on Me and Gimme! Gimme! Gimmie! to craft a story about the perils of self-discovery, the importance of knowing your history to determine your direction and the unconditional love of a parent. Oh and did I mention, ABBA. I mean seriously this is a no-brainer of a show that will have you on the edge of your seat, that is of course when you aren’t dancing along or singing your heart out to Waterloo. Writer Catherine Johnson created a truly heart-felt story that has been shared with over 54 million people.
MAMMA MIA! is a place where you not only see, but feel, the love a mother has for her daughter by the sacrifices she had. To witness the emotional growth of a Sophie, who is a bit rebellious, which feels like it is for the sake of being rebellious. She wants an elaborate wedding including her unknown father walking her down the aisle – a bit of knowledge unbeknownst to her mother. Watching Soph realize that getting married was not what she needed to be fulfilled, secure or happy in her relationship with herself or her fiancé, Sky, was a joy to witness.
There are surprisingly quiet, yet poignant moments in the musical. Growing up Sophie had made the assumption that Donna was happy being single and living on a Greek island for the last twenty years. She didn’t realize that Donna had been disowned by her own mother for an out of wedlock pregnancy, and the island was the best she could for herself and her daughter.
The ensemble cast is exceptional, there is the perfect balance of seeing the world through naivety of a 20 year old’s eyes, to the fears of allowing oneself to fall back in love with someone who has hurt you in ways you never thought you’d recover from. The comedic elements of Donna’s best gal pals, Tanya and Rosie are hilariously on point. There really is something in this show for everyone, and laughter is key to it all.
Don’t miss out on the farewell run of MAMMA MIA!at the Fox Theatre.