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Carole Mikita ReportingThe smash hit musical "Mamma Mia" has wowed audiences on four continents. The national touring company arrived in Salt Lake last week.
Cast members say many still go to the theatre not sure how this show works. It’s the combination of a love story coupled with the songs from the 1970s Swedish group 'Abba'. Nearly a generation after the group broke up 22 of 'Abba's' greatest hits are ingeniously woven into a story about love, family and self-discovery. Even today, after performances throughout the world, some are still a bit confused about the title 'Mamma Mia'.
Monique Lund, 'Mamma Mia': "People do still think that, oh, I'd love to see that, I love Italian opera. And I say, 'no, no, no.... Swedish pop songs."
The story centers around a mother-daughter relationship. The more traditional young woman is getting married and wants her father to walk her down the aisle. The 'more on the wild side' mother isn't sure who that is, so the daughter invites three of mom's old boyfriends to the wedding and comedy ensues.
Kristie Marsden, ‘Mamma Mia': "We're close to 600 performances, this company and I can proudly say that as being close to 600 performances, I still enjoy my job every night. And that says a lot."
The cast calls it a 'feel good' show and they say that's exactly how audiences react when they leave.
'Mamma Mia' runs through Sunday, the 27th at the Capitol Theatre. Cast members are reminding audiences to stay after the curtain call for what they call 'the best part of the show'.