Hit musical 'Mamma Mia!' to show at Eisenhower Auditorium April 13-15

University Park, Pa. -- "Mamma Mia!," the international hit musical comedy featuring songs made famous by recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee ABBA, will come to Penn State for three performances at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, April 13, 14 and 15, in Eisenhower Auditorium.

Section one and two tickets for the Center for the Performing Arts presentation are $57 and $51 for an adult, $45 and $39 for a University Park student and $57 and $51 for a person 18 and younger. Buy tickets online at http://www.cpa.psu.edu/ or by phone at 814-863-0255. Outside the local calling area, dial 800-ARTS-TIX. Tickets are also available at Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Tickets Downtown in the Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk (weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.

"Mamma Mia!" incorporates 22 songs by ABBA, the 1970s pop group inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 15. The show weaves the songs and lyrics of Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, who were members of ABBA, into a funny story of family and friendship written by British playwright Catherine Johnson.

Set on a Greek island, the sunny tale concerns a single mother and her daughter, who is about to get married. When the daughter reads her mother’s diary seeking clues to her father’s identity, she realizes that any one of her mother’s three lovers from two decades earlier could be her dad. Naturally, all three possible fathers are coming to the wedding on the island they haven’t visited in 20 years.

The musical includes the songs “Dancing Queen,” “The Winner Takes it All,” “Money, Money, Money,” “Take a Chance on Me” and, of course, “Mamma Mia.”

More than 40 million people across the globe have seen the stage musical since its April 1999 opening in London. A 2008 film adaptation of "Mamma Mia!" starred Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried and Pierce Brosnan.

TIAA-CREF sponsors the Penn State presentation. FOX 8, ABC 23 and 95.3 3WZ are the media sponsors. AT&T underwrites touring Broadway shows at the Center for the Performing Arts. Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring Mamma Mia! company members, is offered in Eisenhower Auditorium one hour before each performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity. Seating is available on a first-arrival basis.

Last Updated November 18, 2010