Theatre Cedar Rapids stages a winner with ‘Mamma Mia!’

CEDAR RAPIDS — I’ve been waiting for years to love “Mamma Mia!”

Finally, I do. Or in the words of ABBA: I do, I do, I do, I do, I do.

Theatre Cedar Rapids has pulled the plug on this jukebox musical. No longer is the music of ABBA driving a thin story. In this production, which opened Friday and continues through July 31, the story drives the music.

I’ve seen “Mamma Mia!“ several times onstage and screen, and enjoyed them, but the story always seemed so contrived.

Finally, it all makes sense. All it took was a killer cast, a killer director, killer choreography, a killer orchestra, and killer scenery, lights and costumes. And beach balls. You can never have too many beach balls, or guys dancing in swim fins.

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