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Mamma Mia’s Farewell Tour to stop at Emens

Originally appeared on the Ball State Daily News website

Since its debut in 1999, “Mamma Mia” has sung its way into the hearts of millions and has become a Broadway classic. 

Now, the “Mamma Mia Farewell Tour” is coming to Emens Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. May 3.

Written by British playwright Catherine Johnson, the show follows the humorous journey that unfolds as Sophie tries to figure out who her father is before she gets married the following day. The only problem is, after uncovering a diary from her mother, she finds out that there are 3 men who could potentially be her father. As a result, she invites them all to her wedding, bringing her mother face-to-face with her past.

Music based on the songs of ABBA, combined with Johnson’s words, brings together a light-hearted and feel-good show with timeless musical classics such as “Dancing Queen” and “Mamma Mia.”

Escape for an hour or two to the Greek islands where you can be engrossed in a show that will make you forget your troubles.

“This show brings the audience out of any kind of funk and any kind of negative aspect that they were having that day. They are able to come to the theatre to see Mamma Mia and drop any pretense of the day and live in the world of the Greek islands and really just have fun,” said Dustin Harris Smith, who plays Sky in the “Mamma Mia” farewell tour.

Although “Mamma Mia” was turned into a film back in 2008 starring Meryl Streep, nothing can beat the experience of seeing the show, because you can never know what to expect with live theatre where anything can happen.

“Nothing beats live theatre, but this kind of stuff is the most important form of art because anything can happen in live theatre,” Smith said. “With TV or film, it has its own special forum if you will, but we are doing stuff the audience can be a part of and it is fresh, every show. I don’t think anything can replace live theatre. I think it is very vital.”

What makes “Mamma Mia” so unique from other Broadway shows is that the show encourages the audience to get up onto their feet and dance at the end, allowing everyone to be a “Dancing Queen.” Smith said this is his favorite part of the show.

Broadway shows can take you to a whole new world, and can let you leave your own world behind. And what better way to escape from reality than to watch “Mamma Mia,” a place where you can dance, jive and have the time of your life.

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