The second season of Big Little Lies premiered Sunday on HBO, and with the addition of Meryl Streep to the cast, it was only fitting that I saw Mamma Mia! two days later. I know the movie came long after the premiere of the theatrical show, but I can’t help but associate Mamma Mia! and Meryl.
Obviously, the Fulton’s production did not feature the great actress herself, but it did not disappoint at all. I think it’s actually impossible to not enjoy any version or production of Mamma Mia! because it’s just so darn fun. It’s full of bright colors and witty quips, all set to the beloved music of ABBA. What’s not to love?
Mamma Mia! also comes to Lancaster at a fitting time, as it’s peak wedding season and the story revolves around a wedding at Donna Sheridan’s (Christine Sherrill) hotel on a small Greek island. Bride and Donna’s daughter Sophie (Katie Bates) has invited three men from Donna’s past, hoping to find out who her father is and have him walk her down the aisle. Of course, hilarity and shenanigans ensue as the wedding guests sing and dance their way to the big day.
The entire cast absolutely shines, but the real highlight is Fulton favorite Charis Leos (Rosie). She starred in this season’s production of 42nd Street, where she was an absolute delight and she does it again in Mamma Mia! She had the audience laughing the entire show, especially during “Donna and the Dynamos” performances.
But the cast isn’t the only thing that shines, the show ends with a “wedding after-party”, fueled by the audience’s glow sticks. You don’t want to be left out so be sure to grab a few glow sticks ($1 each) when you grab drinks or snacks before the show starts. Speaking of pre-show bites, the Fulton is sponsoring “Food Truck Fridays” with Lancaster’s own Souvlaki Boys during the production’s run. The food truck will be parked outside the theatre every Friday ready to serve authentic Greek street food and get you in the island spirit.
Mamma Mia! has been such a hit already that the Theatre has extended its run through July 28. There are only a few tickets left, so definitely grab them sooner than later if you want to catch a show! And don’t forget to make plans for the upcoming season — Evita kicks off in September.