Arts & Culture

'Mamma Mia!' returns to Tampa

It's hard to imagine that there's anyone in this area who wants to see "Mamma Mia!" but has not yet seen "Mamma Mia!"

National tours of the jukebox musical based on the glorious pop music of Abba have passed through this area many, many times. The latest comes to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa starting Tuesday.

The reason it still draws audiences is that it's so much fun that it worth seeing over and over. People who have seen it once are likely to want to see it again.

People who haven't yet seen the show may be reticent because of a popular but misguided disdain for Abba, a reasonable distrust of jukebox musicals, or an understandable distaste for the show after seeing the not-so-great movie adaptation.

The stage show is energetic and delightful, despite a silly story line. (A young woman, raised on a Greek island by her single mother, surreptitiously invites three of mom's ex-boyfriends to her wedding. One of the three men is her father, but she doesn't know which.)

This is a non-Equity tour, and sometimes the difference in quality between Equity and non-Equity are noticeable. But if this production has the great singers that previous tours have had, it should make for a thoroughly joyful evening.

Details: June 23-28, Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Show times: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $37.50-$65.50 plus service charge. Information: 813-229-7827,

-- Marty Clear