You are cordially invited to the year’s most chaotically musical wedding: Mamma Mia! LIVE at the San Diego Civic Theatre from November 7 to 12! Sing along to the iconic hits of the legendary ABBA, including “Dancing Queen” and “Lay All Your Love on Me,” as the show takes you through the pre-wedding panic of a certain Sophie Sheridan (Alisa Melendez). Her mother, Donna (Christine Sherrill), has always dodged questions about her biological father, so the bride-to-be must take matters into her own hands. What could go wrong by inviting her mom’s old flames, right? Originally a Laurence Olivier Award-winning West End production, Mamma Mia! found its way to the States after astounding demand, clinching a Touring Broadway Award on its first North American tour. Now, it celebrates 25 YEARS on the road, bringing back music and lyrics by ABBA members Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, direction by Phyllida Lloyd, book by Catherine Johnson, and choreography by Anthony Van Laast. Seats are limited – reserve yours today!
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“The theatrical equivalent of comfort food.” – The New York Times
“Who knew that the songs of ABBA held the solutions to so many of life’s little quandaries?” – Variety
Take your plus one and attend the most jam-packed wedding of the year: Mamma Mia! The Smash Hit Musical Based on the Songs of ABBA LIVE in San Diego, California! Celebrating its 25th Anniversary on the road, the North American touring production of this jukebox classic will entertain over thirty-five cities, kicking off in the last week of October. Its stop at the San Diego Civic Theatre will play eight shows, including two matinees, from November 7 to 12.
Sophie’s getting married, but who’s going to walk her down the aisle? The blushing bride-to-be will have to pull a trick up her gown if she wants an answer to that question. Upon discovering her mother’s old diary, Sophie invites the three men most likely to be her father, hoping to recognize the real one at first sight. But things don’t go as well as she planned, and what comes after is a drama gone haywire involving past flames, identity crisis, and clouded futures. Can Sophie’s wedding still be saved? Or will she have to send her guests packing?
- Christine Sherrill as Donna Sheridan
- Alisa Melendez as Sophie Sheridan
- Carly Sakolove as Rosie
- Jalynn Steele as Tanya
- Rob Marnell as Harry Bright
- Jim Newman as Bill Austin
- Victor Wallace as Sam Carmichael
- Grant Reynolds as Sky
- Louis Griffin as Eddie
- Patrick Park as Pepper
- L’Oréal Roaché as Lisa
- Haley Wright as Ali
Completing the cast are some of theater’s brightest up-and-coming stars: Gabe Amato, Adia Olanethia Bell, Xavi Soto Burgos, Emily Croft, Madison Deadman, Jordan De Leon, Nico DiPrimio, Patrick Dunn, Stephanie Genito, Tassy Kirbas, Danny Lopez-Alicea, Makoa, Faith Northcutt, Jasmine Overbaugh, Gray Phillips, Blake Price, Dorian Quinn, and Amy Weaver.
Named after ABBA’s multi-platinum chart-topper, Mamma Mia! features other legendary hits from the Swedish supergroup, including “Dancing Queen,” “Lay All Your Love on Me,” and “Thank You for the Music.”
“Buoyed by Abba’s enduring brilliance, it’s a welcome shot of pure sunshine.” – The Telegraph
“Treat yourself to a night of fun, dancing, and sheer joy.” – Broadway World
Director Phyllida Lloyd leads at the helm, with a timeless book written by Catherine Johnson and choreography by Anthony Van Laast. Music and lyrics are handled by ABBA members Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. At the design end, we have Mark Thompson on production, Howard Harrison on lighting, and Andrew Bruce and Bobby Aitken on sound. See below for the rest of the team’s creatives.
- Martin Koch – Musical Supervisor, Additional Arrangements and Materials
- Martha Banta – Resident Director
- David Holcenberg – Associate Music Supervisor
- Janet Rothermel – Associate Choreographer
- Matthew Croft – Music Director
- David Patridge – Associate Sound Designer
- Ed McCarthy – Associate Lighting Designer
- Michael Aarons – Music Contractor
- Larry Smiglewski – Production Stage Manager
- Alexander Pierce – Stage Manager
- Chloe Rose Schweizer – Assistant Stage Manager
- Michael Sanfilippo – Company Manager
- Work Light Productions – General Management
- Port City Technical – Production Management
- Tara Rubin Casting – Casting Director
- The Booking Group – Tour Booking Agency
- Allied Global Marketing – Tour Marketing And Press
- Judy Craymer, Richard East, and Bespoke Theatricals – Producers
Mamma Mia! ‘s world premiere opened in 1999 at the Prince Edward Theatre. This West End production received a nomination from the Grammy Awards and four from the Laurence Olivier, winning Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical. It eventually transferred to the Prince of Wales Theatre and then to the Novello Theater, where it still plays today after reopening in 2021 from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The acclaim of the London show would spawn North American productions in Toronto, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago. But it was only in October of 2001 that the musical hit the Broadway stage. Here, it was nominated five times at the Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and three times at the Drama Desk Awards. The show moved to the Broadhurst Theatre from the Winter Garden Theatre and played until 2015. At the end of its run, Mamma Mia! engaged in 5,773 performances, clinching the record for longest-running jukebox musical on Broadway.
The franchise would later expand into more than fifty countries across all six continents, branching off into highly anticipated tours, which include the original North American stint that won Best Musical Score from the Touring Broadway Awards. Today, Mamma Mia! has been translated into sixteen languages, grossing over $4 billion worldwide.
“It offers one of those nights when you sit back and let a nutty kind of joy just sweep over you.” – New York Post
“Audiences should come prepared to become dancing queens, boogying giddily into the night.” – NY1
A film adaptation starring Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfriend, and Colin Firth was released in 2008, where it received a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Song from a Soundtrack, among several other wins.
Remember to RSVP for the wackiest wedding on this side of paradise! From November 7 to 12, Mamma Mia! is tossing bouquets left and right at the San Diego Civic Theatre in celebration of its 25th Anniversary on tour in North America. Book your reservations now and make some memories with us!