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Photo Flash: 'Mamma Mia!' Las Vegas Hits 2-Million

Mamma Mia! raised the bar again last night as it welcomed its 2-millionth guests, Jack Elliot, Ph.D. and Stacey Rich, at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.  Based on the songs of ABBA, Mamma Mia! continues to be the longest-running and most successful full-scale Broadway musical to ever hit Las Vegas.

Currently in its fifth year, Mamma Mia! sets the precedent for Broadway musicals in Las Vegas.  Since premiering on February 13, 2003, this beloved show has remained an absolute sensation and a locals' favorite that keeps the audiences dancing in the aisles night after night.

Inspired by the story-telling magic of Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus' songs, writer Catherine Johnson's sunny, funny tale of family and friendship unfolds on a Greek island.  On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.  Songs including "Dancing Queen"; "The Winner Takes It All"; "Money, Money, Money" and "Take A Chance on Me" are all featured in this feel-good night of fun and laughter.

With music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, Mamma Mia! is written by Catherine Johnson and directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Mamma Mia! has choreography by Anthony Van Laast, production design by Mark Thompson, lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruce and Bobby Aitken, and musical supervision, additional material and arrangements by Martin Koch.

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino is a 3,300-room luxury destination resort set on 60 acres on the Las Vegas Strip. Tropically themed with mystical architecture and lush surroundings, Mandalay Bay offers an exciting, elegant experience for Las Vegas visitors. In addition to the elegantly appointed hotel rooms and a 135,000-square-foot casino, the resort features a world-class spa, 16 different restaurants, a full-service meeting and conference facility, an 11-acre tropical beach environment and the 1,600-seat Broadway-style theatre where Mamma Mia! is playing.

The performance schedule for Mamma Mia! at the Mandalay Bay Theatre is Sunday - Thursday at 7:30PM and Saturday at 6PM & 10PM. There is no performance on Friday.

Tickets for Mamma Mia! are $110, $82.50 and $49.50, tax inclusive. Tickets are available by calling the Mandalay Bay Box Office at 800-632-7400, Ticketmaster at 702-474-4000 and online at www.mandalaybay.com or www.mamma-mia.com

Photo by Dave Burdett


l-r: Vicki Van Tassel, Carol Linnea Johnson, Robin Baxter

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