Smash hit musical Mamma Mia! coming to Penticton

Mamma Mia!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, plays at the South Okanagan Events Centre in August.

The hit musical Mamma Mia!

The hit musical Mamma Mia!

Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ Mamma Mia!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, plays at the South Okanagan Events Centre in August.

Two performances will captivate viewers on Saturday, Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Seen by over 50 million people around the world, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ global smash hit musical Mamma Mia!, is celebrating over 4,000 performances in its 10th smash hit year at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre and remains among Broadway’s top  selling musicals.

With a worldwide gross of over $2 Billion, Mamma Mia! is acclaimed by the Associated Press as “quite simply, a phenomenon.”

An independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna is about to let go of Sophie, the spirited daughter she’s raised alone.  For Sophie’s wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends — practical and no-nonsense Rosie, and wealthy, multi-divorcee Tanya — from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos.  But Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own.

On a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle, she brings back three men from Donna’s past to the Mediterranean paradise they visited 20 years earlier.  Over 24 chaotic, magical hours, new love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled on this lush island full of possibilities.

Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA’s songs from Dancing Queen and S.O.S. to Money, Money, Money and Take a Chance on Me, Mamma Mia! is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found.

The current North American Tour has played over 3,700 performances in over 150 cities with 145 repeat visits. The original West End production of Mamma Mia! is now in its 13th year and has celebrated over 5,000 performances in London and the international tour has visited more than 50 foreign cities and been seen by four million people.  The blockbuster feature film adaptation of Mamma Mia!, produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman, is the most successful movie musical of all time grossing $600 million worldwide.

Mamma Mia! will take the SOEC’s stage twice on Saturday Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. It is expected this event will sell out.Tickets for Mamma Mia! are $59, $69, $79, $100. Tickets can be purchased at www.ValleyFirstTix.com by telephone at 1-877-SOEC-TIX (763-2849) or in person at the SOEC Box Office and the Wine Country Visitor Centre on Friday, May 4 at 10 a.m.