BWW Review: MAMMA MIA at Broadway Palm

BWW Review: MAMMA MIA at Broadway Palm

In a world filled with #MeToo, it is wonderful to see a show that celebrates female power and friendships. Mamma Mia has two sets of gal pals of different generations who have each others' backs. To reinforce the message, the Prather organization chose Pace Center for Girls as the recipient of its charitable donation of the month.

The show is really a concert masquerading as a musical. The who's the daddy plot is constructed around the songs of ABBA. And what songs they are! I venture to guess that more than one audience member was singing along under their breath to classics like "Dancing Queen" and "The Winner Takes It All." By the end of the night, many were on their feet, grooving to a recap of the familiar numbers.

Director and choreographer Amy McCleary provides some delicious moments. Who could resist a line of chorus boys doing Rockette kicks and the time step in swim fins?

Lead actress Erin Fish can belt with the best of 'em, but for my money, Shannon Connolly as one of the older friends is the scene stealer. She throws her zaftig, spandex-clad self into the dances with joyful abandon.

Brush off your go-go boots. Mamma Mia plays through April 7. For tickets, call 239-278-4422.

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