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Friday, July 24, 2009

Mama Mia....What a Night!!

Last night we had the time of our lives. I have been to many of the big musicals in my life. Mostly in Chicago and two in New York. We have been season subscribers at the Coronado Theater in Rockford. Last night I saw a performance like no other. The best of them all. Months ago I wrote on my blog that we had been to the theater and were told that they were extending the Mama Mia show from one night to three. You had to go to their website by 10 the next morning. I was on the site before it opened. I got front row seats right smack dab in the middle. We usually don't have these seats and I wondered if they would be too close.( No problem) It was fun before the performance, to see what was going on in the orchestra pit. Musicians were arriving with shorts on (no one would see them) and setting up. Not a big orchestra, but what music came out of these few people.
Here is the inside of the Coronado. We were right in the middle front row. You can see the orchestra pit in the picture.

The theater was restored years ago and it is gorgeous. No matter how many times you have been there, you look up in awe....thinking about how much work it must have been and what a wonderful job they did.

I have always loved the music of Abba. It was very interesting to me how they could take a body of work from this group and make a story out of it. Each song was perfect in it's place.
A mother. A daughter. 3 possible dads. And a trip down the aisle we'll never forget!
Over 40 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show! Writer Catherine Johnson's sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone’s having the time of their lives! I've been to Greece and have enjoyed evenings in their little "tavernas" so I was taken back there by this show. The scenery was very realistic looking. I could imagine sitting there and looking out to the beautiful blue water or maybe the Acropolis in the distance. I enjoyed the music in these tavernas...and the Greek dancing. I didn't see couples dancing only the men. Remember Zorba? They believe that God invented dancing and most all of the men get up and dance when out for an evening. Joe and I don't travel...it's too difficult for us, now, but last night we traveled to a place where we had the time of our lives. At the final curtain the cast was still singing and dancing. The audience was on their feet clapping, whistling, screaming, swaying, singing having the time of their lives.
You can dance, you can jive
Having the time of your life
Ooh see that girl, watch that scene
Dig in the dancing queen

Now, I'm not selling tickets or anything, but looked for their tour dates and this company is going to be in these cities this year. If you get a chance...go and have fun.


Elenka said...

Lucky you!! I just watched that movie this week (because it was RAINING) twice! I would love to see it live!!!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

I just loved the movie. I smiled all through it because the songs were so familiar ;-) Telling my age here.I think a live show of it would be so much fun.
That thaetre is just gorgeous. Glad you had a fun time.

Pat said...

I took my Mom to see the movie when it was out in the theaters. Afterward I told my daughter who is getting married in the fall that she should have her wedding in Greece...on that island. My husband's Mother was Greek. While watching My Big Fat Greek Wedding we realized that for every character in that movie there was a relative in Lou's family who was an exact match.
I would love to visit Greece someday.

Lynn said...

I'm Back!!! Thanks again...
I haven't even seen the movie now I must see it maybe I will rent it tomorrow... that theater is unbeleivable, sounds like you had a wonderful time... I wish I were there too...

Barb said...

Balisha I am glad you had a great time at the Coronado Theather. I just love it. It is a great palce and they have done a great job of restoring it I think. Thank you for coming by my blog and asking about me. I am doing ok. My husband had to have cataract surgery on both eyes.Now that is done but he has a mass on his pituitary gland that is going to require surgery possible. So we have been busy with doctors lately. Hope it is over soon. Thanks for inquiring about us.

Balisha said...

I loved the movie...Joe got it for me, so I could keep it forever. The musical play was sooooo much better. I'm going to wait till winter to watch the movie again...that way I will have forgotten the musical play and not compare.

coolwaterworks said...

I have seen the movie and I must say, it was indeed a feel good movie and I admire the concept of being able to takes songs from ABBA and make a story out of the songs. :)

I watched the movie alone in my boarding house and the other occupants might have heard me laugh at some scenes... :)

Tolentreasures said...

I have watched the movie twice already, would love to see the play also. The music just sticks in my head and I sing it for days! Glad that you were able to see it!