Take a chance on `Mamma Mia!' which remains a crowd-pleaser

Critic's Corner//Theater

Show set to tunes by ABBA doesn't take itself too seriously

Theater review

August 31, 2006|By J. Wynn Rousuck | J. Wynn Rousuck,sun theater critic

Think of Mamma Mia! as a pop music puzzle. The puzzle pieces are 22 songs by the '70s Swedish pop group ABBA. The solution is a script that cleverly ties the songs together with a story about a bride-to-be's search for her father's identity.

This solution has proved such a bona fide crowd-pleaser, the musical has become an international sensation. Its current engagement at the Hippodrome Theatre comes only two years after it first played here - with several of the same cast members (including former Baltimorean Tiffani Barbour as one of the bride's best friends).

Mamma Mia! Through Sept. 10 at the Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St. $30-$75. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

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