Thursday, December 5, 2019

10 am

Annie Jr.

10:00 am

SteppingStone Theatre for Youth
55 Victoria St. N , St. Paul MN, 55104

$12 - $16
Call 651-225-9265
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Presented by SteppingStone Theatre for Youth
  • Musical

 

Book by THOMAS MEEHAN  

Music by CHARLES STROUSE  

Lyrics by MARTIN CHARNIN

Presented on Broadway by Mike Nichols 
Originally Produced by Irwin Meyer, Stephen R. Friedman, Lewis Allen,Alvin Nederlander Associates, Inc. / The John F. Kennedy Center  
for the Performing Arts /  Icarus Productions

Based on “Little Orphan Annie”®

By Permission of The Tribune Media Services, Inc.

Annie JR. Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). 
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 
www.MTIShows.com

Head in to the holiday season with a spark of hope and joy.  With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, with a beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie JR. features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure.

Creative Team 

Director - Dane Stauffer

Music Director - Kris Stauffer

Choreographer - Kathryn Dudley 

 

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ELF THE MUSICAL, JR.

10:00 am
Runs 70 minutes

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343

$18-$25
Call 9529791111
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Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Musical
  • Kids

ELF THE MUSICAL, JR.

November 22 thru December 27, 2019

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Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin
Music by Matthew Sklar
Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
ALL AGES

CAPTURE THE SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS!

Join us this holiday season as we follow Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. After being raised as a would-be elf at the North Pole, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities causes him to embark on a new beginning to discover who he really is. Through his heart-felt determination to win over his new family, Buddy helps us all remember the true meaning of Christmas. Based on the beloved holiday film from New Line Cinema, this hilarious musical is filled with memorable music and lots of laughs for the whole family to enjoy.

CAST

Elena Bergren (Sam & Ensemble), Delaney Brooks (Sarah & Ensemble), Isaiah Bustamante (Fake Santa & Ensemble), Evan Decker (Matthews & Ensemble), Sofia M Fraser (Elf & Ensemble), Kamrie Frost (Deb), Riley Gamades (Elf & Ensemble), Ian Handeland (Macy's Manager), Grant Hudson (Elf & Ensemble), Pavan Kartik (Elf & Ensemble), Indra Khariwala (Elf & Ensemble), Shana Eisenberg (Emily Hobbs), Jackson Lyon (Buddy), Sara Magnuson (Jovie), Sam Mandell (Michael Hobbs), Emily May (Darlene & Ensemble), Kyla Ashlee Plair (Santa Helper & Ensemble), Lilie Rankin (Charlotte & Ensemble), Bruce  Rowan (Santa), Asgerami Semkoff (Mother in Macy's & Ensemble), Medi Semkoff (Elf & Ensemble), Brent  Teclaw (Walter Hobbs), Isabella TenPas (Elf & Ensemble), Mark Turcotte (Ethan Von Brocken), Josie Turk (Shawanda Elf & Ensemble), Hogan Vaupel (Charlie), Alex Weiner (Elf & Ensemble), Tad Williamson (Greenway ) and Tiahna Wolfe-Shields (Chadwick & Ensemble)

CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – Sandy Boren-Barrett, DIRECTOR – Cody R Braudt, STAGE MANAGER – Sandriea White, PROPS DESIGNER – Marc Berg, SET DESIGNER – Sarah Brandner, MUSIC DIRECTOR – James  Lekatz, COSTUME SUPERVISOR – Christa Ludwig, LIGHTING DESIGNER – Karin Olson, COSTUME & MAKE-UP DESIGNER – Lori Opsal, TECH DIRECTOR – Alan Pagel, PRODUCTION MANAGER – Melanie Salmon-Peterson

 

ELF-THE MUSICAL JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

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12 pm

ELF THE MUSICAL, JR.

12:30 pm
Runs 70 minutes

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343

$18-$25
Call 9529791111
Buy tickets online

Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Musical
  • Kids

ELF THE MUSICAL, JR.

November 22 thru December 27, 2019

MORE INFORMATION

Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin
Music by Matthew Sklar
Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
ALL AGES

CAPTURE THE SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS!

Join us this holiday season as we follow Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. After being raised as a would-be elf at the North Pole, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities causes him to embark on a new beginning to discover who he really is. Through his heart-felt determination to win over his new family, Buddy helps us all remember the true meaning of Christmas. Based on the beloved holiday film from New Line Cinema, this hilarious musical is filled with memorable music and lots of laughs for the whole family to enjoy.

CAST

Elena Bergren (Sam & Ensemble), Delaney Brooks (Sarah & Ensemble), Isaiah Bustamante (Fake Santa & Ensemble), Evan Decker (Matthews & Ensemble), Sofia M Fraser (Elf & Ensemble), Kamrie Frost (Deb), Riley Gamades (Elf & Ensemble), Ian Handeland (Macy's Manager), Grant Hudson (Elf & Ensemble), Pavan Kartik (Elf & Ensemble), Indra Khariwala (Elf & Ensemble), Shana Eisenberg (Emily Hobbs), Jackson Lyon (Buddy), Sara Magnuson (Jovie), Sam Mandell (Michael Hobbs), Emily May (Darlene & Ensemble), Kyla Ashlee Plair (Santa Helper & Ensemble), Lilie Rankin (Charlotte & Ensemble), Bruce  Rowan (Santa), Asgerami Semkoff (Mother in Macy's & Ensemble), Medi Semkoff (Elf & Ensemble), Brent  Teclaw (Walter Hobbs), Isabella TenPas (Elf & Ensemble), Mark Turcotte (Ethan Von Brocken), Josie Turk (Shawanda Elf & Ensemble), Hogan Vaupel (Charlie), Alex Weiner (Elf & Ensemble), Tad Williamson (Greenway ) and Tiahna Wolfe-Shields (Chadwick & Ensemble)

CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – Sandy Boren-Barrett, DIRECTOR – Cody R Braudt, STAGE MANAGER – Sandriea White, PROPS DESIGNER – Marc Berg, SET DESIGNER – Sarah Brandner, MUSIC DIRECTOR – James  Lekatz, COSTUME SUPERVISOR – Christa Ludwig, LIGHTING DESIGNER – Karin Olson, COSTUME & MAKE-UP DESIGNER – Lori Opsal, TECH DIRECTOR – Alan Pagel, PRODUCTION MANAGER – Melanie Salmon-Peterson

 

ELF-THE MUSICAL JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

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7 pm

A Snowy Kiss - An Improvised Holiday Romance Movie

7:30 pm
Runs 50 minutes

  • Opening night

Strike Theater
824 18th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

$10
Call (612) 590-0454
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Presented by jorts! Improv and Friends
  • Comedy

jorts! and friends present a 100% improvised Holiday Romance Movie this December at Strike Theater.

Turn on that fireplace, hang that mistletoe, and enjoy all the fake soap snowflakes of the season at Strike Theater this December as jorts! and friends take on the timeless tradition of holiday romance movies as seen on the Hallmark Channel, Lifetime, and Netflix - and improvises a brand new one right in front of your eyes!

Youll see it all - a chill in the air! An old flame! Unsolicited advice from a bell ringer! A baking competition where the stakes are HIGH! A fake European country that ends with aria!  A long lost identical cousin! That hunky firefighter/small business owner/single dad from your hometown who you just happen to run into while youre FRAZZLED! And, of course, a man with a big white beard who may or may not be Santa!

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Thought in Motion

7:30 pm
Runs 105 minutes

Whiting Proscenium Theatre, Rarig Center
330 21st Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55455

$7-$17
Call 612-624-2345
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Presented by University Dance Theatre
  • Dance

Directed by Erin Thompson
Choreographers: Andrea Miller, Robert Moses, Leslie Parker

Whiting Proscenium Stage
Rarig Center , Minneapolis
December 5 - 7, 2019

The University of Minnesota Dance Program presents its annual winter concert, Thought in Motion, featuring fresh talent illuminating our Dance Program’s mission to promote contemporary dance in a global context. This year the concert will consist of two restagings from Gallim Dance and Robert Moses, as well as a new work by Leslie Parker. The evening comes together under the direction of Erin Thompson, a Senior Teaching Specialist in the dance program and a pillar of the Twin Cities dance community. Artistic residencies are supported by the Sage Cowles Land Grant Guest Artist Endowment. For those interested in dance at the University of Minnesota, this is the event you won’t want to miss!

Tickets: (prices include all fees)
$17 General public
$12 U of M Faculty/Staff/Alumni/Retirees
$7 Students (any college or under 18)

More info at z.umn.edu/thoughtinmotion

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The Viking and The Gazelle

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 S 4th St

Presented by The Waterfront Productions
  • Drama
  • Comedy

The Viking and The Gazelle is a romantic comedy about the budding courtship of a Twin Cities couple with the role of race thrust upon their relationship. African-American Michelle was born and raised on Chicago’s Southside, while White Robert is from the Minneapolis suburb of Hopkins. Sparks fly in the hearts of the new couple, yet a happy ending is no foregone conclusion. With a cast of seven characters, Michelle and Robert find love’s battlefield surprisingly fraught with the biases of society, including with their trusted confidants; not to mention Robert’s deep dark secret.

After rave reviews and enthralled audiences during this year’s Minnesota Fringe Festival, The Waterfront Productions is remounting a re-envisioned version of The Viking and the Gazelle at Mixed Blood Theatre, November 29 - December 15. Written by Dr. William and Suzanne Bengtson, and directed by Shá Cage and E.G. Bailey, this play delivers one of the most important messages of the holiday season—love and acceptance

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A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street, Excelsior, MN

$30-$40
Call 952-474-5951
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Presented by Old Log Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Musical

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder tells the story of a roguishly charming Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune, setting out to speed up the line of succession by using a great deal of charm... and a dash of murder.  In the midst of Monty's macabre plotting, he also finds himself juggling the affections of two beautiful ladies; one is his married mistress, and the othe is a distant cousin.  The show is beautifully supported by a well crafted score that is both elegant and hilarious.

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Sanders Family Christmas

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Commonweal Theatre
208 Parkway Ave. N Lanesboro, MN 55949

$15 - $35 General Admission
Call 8006577025
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Presented by Commonweal Theatre Company
  • Drama
  • Musical

It’s Christmas Eve, 1941, and America is going to war. But in North Carolina’s little Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, the boisterous Sanders Family Singers band together with Reverend Mervin Oglethorpe to buoy the congregation’s spirit. Conceived by a Commonweal favorite, director Alan Bailey, and brimming with warmth, hilarity, and foot-stomping bluegrass music, Sanders Family Christmas will have your toes tapping and your heart singing.

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How the Grinch Stole XXXMas! - A 90's Rom Com Parody

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Opening night

Minnsky Theatre
1517 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

$20-$40
Call Call (612) 930-1517
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Presented by Minnsky Theatre and the Wicked Wenches Cabaret
  • Comedy
  • Cabaret/variety

Though every Whootervillian down in Whooterville liked Christmas a lot,
The Grinch who lived just North of Whooterville, Did NOT!
The Whootervillians loved decorations, feast and gifts,
with no thought or care to the love they may miss.
Cindy Lou Whooter has a clever plan to make them all see,
how to make a merrier XXXmastime for you and for me!

Join us in wrapping up the Wicked Wenches 2019 season with our 90's Rom Com Parody: How the Grinch Stole XXXmas!

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The Story

Cindy Lou Whooter, on break from her doctorate studies in Truffula Tree Conservation
Goes back to her home snowflake for Xmas vacation.
Her mother, her stepfather, brothers and Granny
will welcome Cindy along with the extended Whooter family.

But who is this new man thickening the plot?
And what was that noise upon the rooftop?
And though the thought of green eggs and spam did make her mouth water,
Cindy feared that without a boyfriend she would be a disappointing daughter.
So she thought of an idea and she called in a debt
and this will surely be an Xmas Whooterville will never forget!

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Cash and Credit for Ticket Purchases and Concessions (snacks & sodas & ADULT BEVERAGES!!!)! Thank you for your continuing support of Minnsky Theatre and The Wicked Wenches Cabaret!

Vaudeville is adult comedy dance theater and is 18+ as there will be adult themes!

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The Wizard of Oz

7:30 pm
Runs 150 minutes

  • Opening night

Norshor Theatre
211 East Superior St.

$40-$50
Call 218-733-7555
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Presented by The Duluth Playhouse at the Norshor
  • Musical
  • Kids

The greatest family musical of all time takes the NorShor Theatre stage this holiday season!

Living on a Kansas farm with her aunt, uncle, and dog Toto, Dorothy Gale wishes for more. When a twister hits, Dorothy is whisked away to a fantastical world filled with munchkins, a living scarecrow, a tin man with no heart, a cowardly lion…and a wicked witch that will do whatever it takes to get her hands on Dorothy’s ruby slippers!

Don’t miss your chance to travel over the rainbow and down the yellow brick road because there is truly no place like home!

  • Performed at the NorShor Theatre
  • Presenting Sponsor: North Shore Bank of Commerce
  • Brunch and a Show: Sunday, December 15
  • Tickets:
    • Standard: $40-$50
    • Youth: $10 off a standard ticket
    • Student Rush: $25 (available the night of a performance at the door only)
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PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

7:30 pm

Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place, Saint Paul, MN 55102

$27 – $55
Call 651.291.7005
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Presented by Park Square Theatre
  • Drama
  • Comedy

In Regency England, love is a serious game and the Bennet sisters are playing for keeps. The outspoken Lizzy is determined never to marry, but can she resist love, especially when the amusing but mildly aggravating Mr. Darcy keeps popping up at every turn? Bold, timely, with a few dance breaks thrown in, playwright Kate Hamill and director Lisa Channer reimagine Jane Austen for today.

Visit parksquaretheatre.org for dates and times.

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SIX

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Ordway Center
345 Washington Street Saint Paul, MN 55102

$45.50-108.50, subject to change
Call 651-224-4222
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Presented by Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
  • Drama
  • Musical

See SIX at the Ordway before it heads to Broadway!

 “A total blast! It’s as much a Beyoncé-style pop-concert as theatre… Go Queens!”
Chicago Tribune

“Delivers pure entertainment… wickedly smart lyrics.”
The New York Times

Divorced, beheaded, died; divorced, beheaded, survived. All this time, they’ve been just one word in a stupid rhyme—so they picked up a pen and a microphone. History’s about to get overthrown.

After a wildly successful UK tour and a sold out run in Chicago, the musical phenomenon of SIX is appearing on the Ordway stage!

The wives of Henry VIII join forces for an electrifying pop-concert spectacle—shining a spotlight on these six women as never before. The queens take the mic to reclaim their identities out of the shadow of their infamous spouse, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a power-packed celebration of twenty-first-century female empowerment. Backed by a band known as the “Ladies in Waiting,” the all-woman ensemble crosses the spectrum of modern-day pop with a soundtrack that has stormed to the top of the global charts.

SIX is scheduled to begin performances on Broadway in 2020.

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The Norwegians

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

  • Opening night

Dark & Stormy Productions
Grain Belt Warehouse 77 13th Ave. NE, Studio 202 Minneapolis, MN 55413

$15 - $39
Call 612-401-4506
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Presented by Dark & Stormy Productions
  • Comedy

Olive and Betty are two southern women living in the land of snow, lutefisk, co-ops, and Norwegians. They have something else in common: they both want their ex-boyfriends dead. So, they hire the only hit men they can find in Minnesota: really, really nice ones.

"…lined with comic gold." - Star Tribune

"'The Norwegians' manages to skewer some of Minnesota's most sacred icons...[And] there's just something appealing about mobsters in parkas." - Minnesota Public Radio

"C. Denby Swanson's extremely odd and delightful comedy, is something of a guilty pleasure." - The New York Times

With new material from the playwright!

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what if

what if

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

The Lab Theater
700 North 1st Street Minneapolis, MN 55401

$20-38
Call 612-377-7977
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Presented by The Moving Company
  • Drama
  • Experimental

what if is the proposition to look at ourselves, our world in different ways. Letting our imaginations take flight and carry us to where we did not think possible. Or didn’t know was there. Or would prefer not to look at. What if we could see through another’s eyes? What would that look like? What if the mirror was held up to nature, but instead of seeing what’s reflected we saw what was inside? What would it say? What if we could? What if we did? So…what if?

From the company that brought you THE PRODIGIOUS LIFE OF CLARA S., SPEECHLESS and REFUGIA. Featuring Sarah Agnew, Steven Epp and Nathan Keepers. Directed by Dominique Serrand.

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Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol By Tom Mula

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Bloomington Center for the Arts Black Box
1800 W Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, MN 55431

$18-$20
Call 952-491-0779
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Presented by The Chameleon Theatre Circle
  • Drama
  • Storytelling

"Marley was dead, to begin with…"—and what happens to Ebenezer Scrooge's mean, sour, pruney old business partner after that? Chained and shackled, Marley is condemned to a hellish eternity. He's even given his own private tormentor: a malicious little hell-sprite who thoroughly enjoys his work. Desperate, Marley accepts his one chance to free himself: To escape his own chains, he must first redeem Scrooge. So begins a journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal, during which Scrooge's heart, indeed, is opened; but not before Marley—in this irreverent, funny and deeply moving story—discovers his own.

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Getting Plowed: A Holiday Survival Guide - The Brave New Workshop’s 302nd Revue

7:30 pm

The Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55403

$29-$79
Call (612)-332-6620
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Presented by The Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Improv

The polar vortex, aggressively enthusiastic Salvation Army bell ringers, and Aunt Marge's fruit cake: we get it. The holiday season is rough. Let Brave New Workshop's naughtier-than-nice guide to surviving all the family foibles and festivities give you that little something extra to make it through.

 

Written & Performed by: Lauren Anderson, Denzel Belin, Taj Ruler and Tom Reed

Musical Direction by: Jon Pumper

Technical Direction by: Matthew Vichlach

Directed by: Caleb McEwen

 

Previews:  Nov 1, 2, 5, 6

Opening Night:  Thursday, Nov 7

Show Run:  Nov 7, 2019 - Jan 4, 2019

The show runs weekends and select weekdays. Show times vary. Full schedule at bravenewworkshop.com/theatre/show-calendar.

 

Tickets & More Info

Tickets $29 - 79 with discounts for previews, students, seniors, groups of 12+ and more

www.BraveNewWorkshop.com

(612) 332-6620

Brave New Workshop Theatre, 824 Hennepin Ave, Mpls, 55403

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8 pm

Mamma Mia!

8:00 pm
Runs 160 minutes

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W. 78th St, Chanhassen, MN 55317

$53 - $93
Call 952.934.1525
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Presented by Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
  • Musical

One mom. One daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!

ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a guaranteed smash hit!     

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