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Mamma Mia Life Lesson: Grow Back Down, Girl!

Segerstrom Center for the Arts celebrates the return of  Mamma Mia!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returning to Segerstrom Hall in Orange County, April 8 – 13, 2014.

ESW welcomes Jana Gonzalez to our writing team.  Here’s her take on Mamma Mia:

“Grow Back Down”

mammaMia JanaG 190x300 Mamma Mia Life Lesson:  Grow Back Down, Girl!That was the advice Donna’s best friends, Tanya and Rosie gave her when Donna said she had changed and grown up. “You’ve grown up? Well, grow back down!”

Growing back down is just what this 20+ years married couple was able to do on our rare date night at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.  All the way back to 1999, to a small Greek island we traveled for a wedding, a wedding with three potential fathers of the bride.

The story of Donna’s past catching up to her on the eve of her daughter’s wedding was presented lightheartedly with unique and new production numbers from what we’ve seen in past productions.  From the snorkel and flipper wearing chorus line of the groom’s friends to the outrageous and flirty way Rosie wanted someone to take a chance on her, this production was entertaining throughout.  The simple, yet effective setting highlighted the cast and their phenomenal voices.

We felt every emotion of each character as they were displayed through the songs of ABBA, music through which the entire audience could relate.  And who couldn’t relate to singing Dancing Queen with our hairbrushes and hairdryers as microphones?!

Even with a few distractions with the spot lighting not keeping up with the characters, this production of Mama Mia kept our knees bouncing with the music, kept us chuckling at the hijinks and awkward circumstances between the main characters and and let us get another look at the then cool and now cringe worthy fashion of Donna’s 1970’s rock band!

Growing back down…it’s not a bad thing to do from time to time.

Single tickets, which start at $29, are now available online at SCFTA.org, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236. The TTY number is (714) 556-2746. The 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, April 12 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation.


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