Thank You for the Music: Mamma Mia! Visits Boston on Farewell Tour

Posted May 23, 2017 by Jon Erik Christianson in Theater & Arts
Mamma Mia

Mamma Mia!, the multi-generational hit musical about a multi-generational musical family is taking its wedding tour to Boston — in what is sadly being dubbed the run’s “farewell tour.”

After 14 years on Broadway (making it the eighth longest-running musical in Broadway’s history) that concluded in September 2015, Mamma Mia! has been touring the country as a gesture of farewell. Now, it’s visiting Boston as its third-to-last stop on the tour. Later this month, the iconic juggernaut featuring pop group ABBA’s greatest hits will light up the Boston Opera House with power vocals, 1970s-flavored nostalgia, and a lot of sequins.

For those unfamiliar with the classic story or just in need of a refresher, Mamma Mia! follows young bride-to-be Sophie Sheridan as she narrows down the identity of her father, something her proud mother has kept secret from Sophie, to three possible men. To finally identify her true father, Sophie invites all three men to her wedding, to her mother’s shock, and shenanigans ensue. Over an average run time of two-and-a-half-hours (not counting a 15-minute intermission), audiences watch as all types of relationships — familial, platonic, and friendship — are put to the test (to the buoyant tune of an ABBA-centric soundtrack).

Many may already be familiar with the musical’s hit 2008 film adaptation, which featured the talents of Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, and Christine Baranski.

The upbeat nature of the musical encourages onlookers of all ages (there are a few suggestive lines that will likely fly over the heads of younger children, so the musical’s fairly safe) to sing along throughout the production. With songs like “Dancing Queen” and the titular “Mamma Mia” in the production, it would be an insult not to.

Lizzie Markson will play the lead role of Sophie in what is the actress’s national tour debut. Past credits include West Side Story and A Chorus Line. Sophie’s mother Donna is played by Betsy Padamonsky, who has history in Cinderella, Godspell, and Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. All other members of the cast represent a similar impressive range of musical theater background.

Mamma Mia! will be housed at the Boston Opera House from May 30 to June 4th, and tickets can be acquired directly through the Boston Broadway’s website here. There are five evening productions available and two matinee performances for those who don’t like to stay out late — this is the ideal time for families and people traveling long distances.

Don’t miss out on the chance to say goodbye to the famed production during it’s farewell tour. Still, with the recent announcement of the movie’s sequel, hopefully a theater version won’t be gone for too long.