CLEVELAND, Ohio – Like an aging drag queen shelving her sequin stiletto boots and heading into retirement, “Mamma Mia!,” the ode to 20th-century Swedish pop, ended its 14-year run on Broadway in September 2015. On the way to a senior condo project in San Tropez, she treated us to “a farewell tour” that shimmied into Playhouse Square in March 2016. We should have known better. The likelihood of “Mamma Mia!” forever bowing out of the pop culture scene is roughly equal to RuPaul developing an allergy to all things feathered and going into insurance. For fans, this is Nirvana; for detractors, anathema. But even those who begin blinking out distress signals with their eyelids at the first few bars of “S.O.S” should find something to appreciate in “Mamma Mia!” at Great Lakes Theater. And the enthusiasts? They’ll swoon, as evidenced at the sold-out opening-night house when they shouted lyrics and encouragement to performers, and wandered the lobby during intermission draped in colorful boas. That’s largely because the production, directed by Victoria Bussert, feels so joyful. As the chorus of “Dancing Queen” famously goes, those in the cast – a spicy mix of Great Lakes company members and students in Bussert’s… Read full this story
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