REVIEW: Take a Chance on This Fun Show

by Joy Donovan on June 12, 2014

The music of ABBA is showcased in the current musical at Fair Park.

DALLAS _ It doesn’t matter if you were a fan of the musical group ABBA back in the day, today or tomorrow. The show, “Mamma Mia!,” based on its songs is fun.

Now playing at the Music Hall at Fair Park through June 15, the high-energy show slams through such ditties as “Dancing Queen,” “Does Your Mother Know” and “Take a Chance on Me” for two-and-a-half hours. It’s a throw-back to the ’70s and ’80s, platform shoes and all, taking place on a Greek island just before a inn keeper’s daughter’s wedding. The plot is thin, but if the expectation is for a fun night of singing and dancing, the expectation will be met and easily exceeded. This show, after all, is entertaining enough that it’s been a Broadway fixture since 2001 and inspired a hit movie, too.

Even when the lead is replaced by her understudy, the Dallas Summer Musicals presentation (www.dallassummermusicals.com)  doesn’t suffer even one false step of a platform shoe. Opening night understudy Rebecca Mason-Wygall took over the role of Donna, and didn’t miss a pop music beat. She plays the mother and owner of a small Greek inn whose only daughter is about to marry. The question is which of three possible fathers should walk her down the aisle. 

Don’t overthink it because the production numbers are big and bold, and the comedy is cute. The jokes, the language and the overall story make this a show clearly not aimed at children but adults of a certain age will get a kick out of the costumes and the music.

Biggest mistake you can make at this show is to duck out before you’ve seen the entire curtain call. Don’t be in such a hurry to get back in Dallas traffic or you might miss something you haven’t seen in a decade or two.

 

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