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REVIEW: Take a Chance on This Fun Show

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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And the Oscar Goes To…

The good, the bad and the ugly.

Oscar wear winners and losers…

Lots of great-looking ladies in red. Loved, loved, loved the red gown with the giant bow “Mamma Mia!” star Amanda Seyfried wore, and the modern design sported by Virginia Madsen. Natalie Portman’s fuschia strapless gown was a stunner, too. Best supporting actress nominee Viola Davis in that gold haltar was gorgeous, and “Slumdog Millionaire” actress Frieda Pinto looked beautiful in that blue asymmetrical gown.

Sarah Jessica Parker’s frock scared me–needed a bit more fabric. Maybe she grabbed the wrong size?

Hugh Jackman…wow. Great-looking and great host…gotta love a song-and-dance man in a tuxedo.
Thought Mickey Rourke looked like an unmade bed in that rumpled white suit and open collar. It’s the Oscar’s, for gosh sakes, and would it kill ya to put on a tux? And what was up with Philip Seymour Hoffman’s skull cap?

Oscar for the cutest of the night, though, goes to those adorable children from “Slumdog Millionaire.” Great movie, by the way. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend it.

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