The performances rolling through The Paramount the past six months have been so entertaining and worthwhile and here comes another one, Mamma Mia!.

That wasn’t the case a year ago when my six-show-ticket pack finished. I didn’t feel compelled to renew and was sort of down on the whole thing. Let’s face it, getting out of the house, paying for parking, dinner, etc and then seeing a show that was mediocre wasn’t enough to make me want to do it again. There’s more than just creating a good show. You have to knock people’s socks off.

Some of the performances that I had attended seemed amateur and on par with something you would see at a community theatre. The touring production of Hair had me leave at intermission and so did Rock of Ages. I can’t recall exactly but it was probably a combination of lousy seats, someone singing off key, or just a plain headache.

Nonetheless, I took a break with the noted exception of Mary Poppins – which won me over. Whether it was just me picking out some lousy shows, or seeing them on off nights I’m not sure. With that said, I want to assure you that without any reason I know of, the quality of the shows coming through the Paramount seem to have had a turn around. The past five shows I’ve seen have been simply fantastic. Westside Story had a wonderful everything. The cast, the production, the set, all of it was top notch. I caught the last showing of Beauty and The Beast two weeks ago, and again was just blown away at the overall production. Incidentally, the character “Gaston,” played by Logan Denninghoff really stole the show. You would think the character The Beast (played by Dane Agostinis – I interviewed) or the character of Belle would have been the highlight. Truth be told, the antics, the energy, the expressions of Gaston stole the show as far as I am concerned.

If you have been looking for something to do outside of the movie and dinner routine, or even staying home and watching Fringe on Friday nights (a worthy TV show for sure), why not come out to the theatre? It’s not the Opera for God’s sakes… you can wear jeans just don’t sneak any popcorn in! A perfect show to adventure into would be Mamma Mia! which is coming March 20th – 25th, 2012.

It’s one of the shows that ranks so high in the world of Broadway that everyone wants to be involved. You won’t have to worry about a stinker like I mentioned above as life is too short to sit through anything that sucks.

An interesting point about Mamma Mia!, is that more than 50 million people have been seen the show, either in New York where it plays at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre, London’s West End (now in its thirteenth year and more than 5,000 performances). Then there’s the international tour which has visited more than 50 foreign cities,  and the current North American tour which has played to more than 150 cities. Bottom line – this show is really popular and for good reason.

You might have even seen the movie rendition that starred Meryl Streep and Jame’s Bond’s Pierce Brosnan back in 2008. I thought it hysterical when you consider James Bond (Brosnan) prancing around to ABBA songs. He won the razzie that year for his performance.

Basically the story is about a young bride who intends to get married and wants her father to walk her down the aisle. The problem is, she has three men from her mother’s past and any one of them may be her dad. Hmmm, which one is it? Mom’s not saying, and in the midst of it all, the production is set to the songs of ABBA. Yes, that’s right ABBA. As in Dancing Queen. It’s a funny combination if you are unfamiliar, but trust me, it’s all fun. Did I mention, it’s all set on an Greek Island?

If you haven’t been out of the house in awhile, I recommend you to “Take a Chance on Me,”  and go see MAMMA MIA!

MAMMA MIA! will be at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre for eight performances. The schedule for the Seattle engagement is:

Tuesday, March 20 – 7:30

Wednesday, March 21 – 7:30

Thursday, March 22 – 7:30

Friday, March 23 8:00

Saturday, March 24 2:00 & 8:00

Sunday, March 25 1:00pm – An ASL performance   6:30pm – An Open Caption performance

Tickets for MAMMA MIA! start at $25 and went on sale on Sunday, February 5. Tickets are available online at and, by calling 877-STG-4TIX (784-4849) or in person at The Paramount Theatre Box Office (Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm).

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