I am sure you all know the story of Mamma Mia- a young girl is preparing for marriage and she wants to find her father to walk her down the aisle. So she invites three strangers from her mom’s past in a quest to figure out who is the father just in the knick of time for her big day. Oh, and of course the music from ABBA. How on earth could we forget the music from ABBA?
This past week, Kamryn and I went to the Fox Theatre to see the Farewell Tour of the famous Broadway play, Mamma Mia. While I would love to say catch it while you can, the only way you are going to make that happen is if you plan on seeing it this weekend. Atlanta is the last stop on the 30 city tour around the United States and Canada. Mamma Mia had a 14 year run on Broadway. After seeing the show, I can definitely see why.
So mamas, here are the details and to answer your biggest question: Is this a child friendly play?
Let me just start off by saying, Mamma Mia is a brilliant play. Sophie, played by new comer Lizzie Markson is warm and lovable. The audience instantly relates to her passion and dedication to find her father. Also, we see the trouble brewing ahead in mixing three past lovers with an impeding wedding. Her mother Donna, who is joined by her two old sidekick friends is funny and brings a level of realness to the entire play. As a single mother, I empathized with her want and need to protect her daughter and raise her alone to seek her independence. In real life, the story line of Mamma Mia covers some really serious topics such as, single parenting, entrepreneurship, young marriage, and a vast array of other important discussion points but somehow this play comes across very light and full of laughter which is a good thing.
Even though I did take my daughter to see this play and did see other children in attendance, I would recommend this play for a mom’s night out, date night, or for children ages 13 and up. There are a few areas of inappropriate conduct and language that are not meant for a younger audience. Overall though, it is light enough to not cause any serious impact but if you are a mom who is cautious of these things, leave the little ones with a sitter and enjoy a night out on the town with your beau or group of friends.
If you are interested in seeing Mamma Mia before it leaves Atlanta for good, tickets are on sale until June 18th! If you are a student, you can receive a special $25 Student Rush Ticket. Just have your student ID!
Friday 8 PM
Saturday 2 PM & 8 PM
Sunday 1 PM & 6:30 PM