As the ABBA lyric reads, “Here we go again!” Confederation Centre of the Arts is set to raise the curtain for one of the most popular musicals in the history of The Charlottetown Festival: Mamma Mia!
Sponsored by Tim Horton’s, the Greek island blockbuster was a crowd favourite when it premiered at the Festival in 2016, selling out night after night and bringing audiences to their feet. Now, in co-production with The Grand Theatre in London, the musical is set for a condensed showing for select dates this summer into September.
“In 1999, my agent sent me a script for a new musical that used ABBA’s music to tell the story,” recalls Artistic Director Adam Brazier. “I reluctantly read Act 1, closed the script, and told my agent ‘This show will close at intermission.’ Twenty years later I am still blissfully eating my words.”
The tale follows Donna (Rebecca Poff), a single mother about to let go of Sophie (Katie Kerr), the spirited daughter she has raised alone. On a quest to find the identity of her father before the big day, Sophie secretly invites three men from Donna’s past to the island they last visited two decades ago. Over 24 chaotic, magical hours, new love blooms and old romances are rekindled.
Says Brazier, the show’s director, “What brings each of us to the theatre is personal. However, there is an undeniably unique human experience when complete strangers sit in a large theatre, the lights dim, and someone starts playing ABBA.”
Mamma Mia! is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). Confederation Centre is supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage, Government of PEI, and City of Charlottetown.