Monday, January 9, 2012

Mamma Mia! Returns to the Palace

Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ Mamma Mia!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returns to the Palace Theater in Waterbury for five performances, Jan. 20-22.

Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA’s songs from “Dancing Queen” and “S.O.S.” to “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me,” Mamma Mia! is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found.
Donna, an independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, is about to let go of Sophie, the spirited daughter she’s raised alone. For Sophie’s wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends from her one-time band, Donna and the Dynamos, but Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own. On a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle, Sophie brings back three men from Donna’s past to the Mediterranean paradise they visited 20 years earlier. Over 24 chaotic, magical hours, new love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled on this lush island full of possibilities.

Tickets range in price from $50-$70 and are available online at www.palacetheaterct.org by phone at 203-346-2000, or in person at the box office,100 East Main St.

Special Women's events Jan. 22:
Before the 1 pm matinee, the Palace will host an 11am pre-show brunch in the theater’s Poli Club dining hall featuring farm fresh scramble eggs, Belgian waffles, home fries potatoes, winter salad, gourmet coffee and more, prepared by Emily’s Catering Group. The brunch package is $75 per person, which includes orchestra seating to the matinee performance. Space is limited and reservations should be made in advance by calling the box office at 203-346-2000.

Before the Sunday evening performance, the Palace will also present a “GlaMARous Girl’s Night Out” pre-show party at 5:30 pm hosted by FoxCT “North East Living” host Mar Jennings. Guests are encouraged to wear their feather boas and tiaras, as they let out their inner “Dancing Queen” to everyone’s favorite ABBA tunes spun by ACTJams Productions mix master Al “DJ ACT” Taylor.

Patrons will also enjoy hors d’ouerves by Emily’s Catering Group and a cash bar featuring a selection of wines and martini specials before going in to see the show. The pre-show party is free with the purchase of a ticket to the 6:30pm Sunday evening performance.

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