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Wildly Popular ‘Mamma Mia!’ to Play in November

Posted: August 29, 2018

A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! The award-winning Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company is bringing the worldwide phenomenon Mamma Mia! to Northern Nevada this November!

The show tells the story of a young bride who discovers three men listed in her mother’s diary who could possibly be her father and invites them all to her wedding in hopes that her father will walk her down the aisle.

The story is animated by Abba hits that topped the charts in the 1970s, including Dancing Queen, Waterloo, Super Trouper and The Winner Takes It All. It is loosely based on the plot of a 1968 movie Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell, starring Gina Lollobrigida, telling of an Italian woman who gets pregnant after sleeping with three American servicemen about to leave Italy, then asks them all for child support.

In Mamma Mia!, though, Donna chooses to keep the pregnancy a secret and raise her daughter, Sophie, on her own. Determined to discover her father, Sophie secretly sends the three men wedding invitations. And the comedy begins.

The production first opened in London in 1999 to wild acclaim, then added its American run in San Francisco in November of 2000, moving to Los Angeles and Chicago before opening on Broadway in 2001, where it enjoyed a remarkable 14-year run. It is still running in London, now in its 19th year, the longest-running jukebox musical to play in both countries.

Even more notably, the show has become a global entertainment phenomenon and has played to more than 60 million people in 440 cities. It actually set the record for premiering in more cities worldwide faster than any other musical in history, and has set attendance records in China, Russia and Germany.

The WNMTC production features Christina Bourne as Donna Sheridan, with Lynette Gardner and Melanie Bratsch playing Rosie and Tanya, part of Donna’s earlier nightclub trio. Heather Canfield plays Sophie Sheridan, engaged to Shepherd Darquea as Sky. Matt Wilkerson and Jeff Chamberlin share the role of Sam Carmichael, Brad Fitch plays Harry Bright and Jody Paslov plays Bill Austin — Sophie’s three possible fathers.

Stephanie Arrigotti produces and directs and Gina Kaskie Davis is the choreographer and assistant director. Judy Monson serves as vocal director and Kevin Murphy conducts the professional orchestra.

This wildly popular musical will play weekends, November 2-18, at the Carson City Community Center. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30; Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.

Tickets ($28/$25) are available from WNMTC.com or 775-445-4249.

Parental discretion advised: adult subject matter.