Mamma Mia

McLeod Summer Playhouse at SIUC will feature 'Mamma Mia!' in July.

CARBONDALE — How can you resist the ultimate feel-good musical? Enjoy an unforgettable trip down the wedding aisle as McLeod Summer Playhouse presents “Mamma Mia!” July 6-15 at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

A mother. A daughter. A wedding. Three possible dads. ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father as it unfolds on a Greek island paradise the day before her wedding.

“Mamma Mia!” is not only one of the longest-running musicals on Broadway and in London’s West End, but it continues to be an international sensation, having played in more than 60 countries and translated into 20 languages. McLeod Summer Playhouse at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is thrilled to offer the region its chance to discover why.

Based on the songs of the Swedish band ABBA, one of the most popular international pop groups of all time, the production features many favorite dance hits including: “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” and of course, the titular “Mamma Mia.”

“‘Mamma Mia!’ is the perfect summer musical theater experience, and thanks to the infectious music of ABBA and an incredible professional cast, this promises to be one of the most anticipated and exciting productions in MSP history,” said J. Thomas Kidd, Managing Artistic Director of McLeod Summer Playhouse. “The play is set on an idyllic Greek island over a wedding weekend, and delightfully combines elements of classic Greek tragedy and comedy.

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“The MSP production team has created a fun-filled confection of a musical; featuring swirling Mediterranean inspired scenery, electrifying choreography, laugh-out-loud comedy and touching human drama, all culminating in a life-affirming celebration and an uplifting message about family and friendship.”

Sponsored by SIH Medical Group, “Mamma Mia!” continues the McLeod Summer Playhouse 2018 summer theme of female empowerment.

“Critics the world over have praised this play for its celebration of a strong female-powered community and the abilities of single women to thrive and triumph through friendship, support and love,” Kidd said. “We are very proud that MSP has been able this summer to promote these very important issues, while providing quality entertainment opportunities to the audiences of our region.”

The performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on July 6, 7, 13 and 14; and at 2 p.m. on July 8 and 15. General admission tickets are $30 for adults, $14 for children and SIU students. 

Tickets are available at events.siu.edu, calling 877-725-8547, or visiting SIU Arena or McLeod Theater box office.

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