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Posted on: Thursday, 15 July 2010

All South African cast in the production of Mamma Mia this August, October and November

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Mamma Mia

An all South African cast in the production of Mamma Mia this August, October and November … showing in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

“I have a dream, a song to sing
To help me cope with anything
If you see the wonder of a fairy tale
You can take the future even if you fail …”

These are the opening words of the iconic band ABBA’s song “I have a dream” and what is good to know is that everyone has a dream, however not everyone is a fan of ABBA. There is something about this chart topping band that you either love to love or love to hate. I fall into the love to love category and even though their major hits were from 1972 to 1983 (I had only just been born at the end of their time at the top of the charts) their music still lives on …

Even if you are not a fan of their music this should not be your excuse as to why you aren’t going to see the all South African cast in the production of Mamma Mia this August, October and November in both Cape Town and Johannesburg. Even if you claim you are not an ABBA fan I am pretty certain that you would have at one point in your life found yourself jamming on a dance floor to the song “Dancing Queen” and just for that reason you should book your tickets today.

You cannot miss out on this production it will be a singing and dancing explosion of fun and laughter like you have never experienced before. What makes this show so unique is that this story is told through the music of ABBA. I’m not entirely certain if the musicians and songwriters already had this production in mind when writing these hits all those years ago. This is a tale of a young girl (Sophie) who lives with her mother (Donna) on a remote Greek island. She is about to be married to Sky and thinks this is the perfect opportunity to invite her three possible fathers (who she has never met) to the wedding. Donna has no idea Sophie has done this and there is sheer panic when she discovers they are all on the island on the weekend of her daughter’s wedding. Donna along with her two best friends (Tanya and Rosie) takes the weekend in her stride and tackles things head on.

I won’t give anything else away but I will tell you that the story is told through songs such as “Chiquitita”, “The Winner Takes it All”, “Does Your Mother Know”, “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!”, “Honey Honey” and more. It is a fantastic combination of humour, music and entertainment. You will find yourself sitting on the edge of your seat, tapping your toes, lip-syncing to the songs and wondering which one is up next.

The spotlights are on Mamma Mia at the Artscape Theatre from Wednesday 11 August and shows run until Sunday 29 August, with two shows on Sundays. The production then moves to Johannesburg from 2 October to 29 November at the Teatro MonteCasino. Tickets cost between R170 and R390 per person, discounts are available for family bookings and tickets are available either directly from the theatres or from Computicket.

I have my tickets in hand for the show and will be donning my platform ABBA boots, gaudy lycra one piece and teasing my hair all in celebration of Anni-Frid, Björn, Benny and Agnetha (ABBA) and the spirit of fun Mamma Mia brings to one and all. So why not get your tickets today – surely this is something you don’t want to say you’ve missed at the Monday morning tea break?

So ABBA and the cast of Mamma Mia all I can say in anticipation is:
Thank you for the music, the songs I’m singing
Thanks for all the joy they’re bringing
Who can live without it, I ask in all honesty
What would life be?
Without a song or a dance what are we?
So I say thank you for the music
For giving it to me!

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Tania Stephenson


Tania loves to cook and create magic in the kitchen for family and friends (or even just herself). Be it finding a new recipe or making a tried and tested dish from her recipe folder - the kitchen is her sanctuary. Find her hanging out with friends round the braai or curled up on the couch reading the latest crime drama. With a spring in her step and a song in her heart you’ll find her supporting local artists in theatre, music and dance – from a hip hop competition or the latest musical on stage at Artscape in Cape Town. Enjoying all things culture she likes to share her experiences and delights with those around her.

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