‘Mama Mia!’ Premieres in VT

‘Mama Mia!’ Premieres in VT

‘Mama Mia!’ Premieres in VT

From left, Joanne Lessner, Susan Haefner and Brandy Zarle are shown rehearsing for Weston’s upcoming production of ‘Mamma Mia!’

From left, Joanne Lessner, Susan Haefner and Brandy Zarle are shown rehearsing for Weston’s upcoming production of ‘Mamma Mia!’

Weston presents one of Broadway’s longest-running hits and the feel-good musical of the season, with the Vermont premiere of ‘Mamma Mia!’ from August 4 to 20. Written by Catherine Johnson, with music and lyrics by Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson, the story unfolds on a Greek island paradise when a daughter’s quest to discover her father’s identity brings three men from her mother’s past to the island they visited together 20 years before. Brimming with love, laughter and friendship – and propelled by the irresistible songs of ABBA – ‘Mamma Mia!’ is a jukebox musical journey that will have you dancing in the aisles.

After spawning a hit movie and almost 6,000 stage performances for 60 million fans in more than 40 countries around the world, ‘Mamma Mia!’ closed on Broadway last September. Weston quickly secured the rights to bring the smash hit to Vermont audiences, under the direction of Tim Fort, with a cast featuring many of Weston’s all-time favorite performers, including Susan Haefner and David Bonanno as the long-estranged couple Donna and Sam. Clare Howes Eisentrout is the soon-to-be-married Sophie Sheridan while comic greats Samuel Lloyd Jr and Tom Aulino play two of her potential dads. Dan DeLuca is on hand as Sophie’s fiancé, Sky, while Joanne Lessne and Brandy Zarle rock out as Donna’s famous Dynamos.

‘Mamma Mia!’ opens Thursday, August 4, on Weston’s MainStage at 12 Park Street. Show times are Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2 p.m., and Sunday at 3. Tickets begin at $35, and student tickets are half-price. Purchase by phone at 802-824-5288 or online at westonplayhouse.org.

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