Area residents will find out why more than 60 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 musical, when it opens in Curtain Call’s Kweskin Theatre in Stamford, on September 14.
Seen here in rehearsal are Donna and the Dynamos - the singing group reunited in the hit musical Mamma Mia - as played by (L-R) Gillian Bailey, Juliette Koch and Tracy Marble in Curtain Call's production running in Stamford, September 14 through October 13. (contributed photo)
Through ABBA’s greatest hits, Mamma Mia! tells the comical story of Sophie, on a small Greek island, who dreams of the perfect wedding – one which includes her father giving her away. The problem? Sophie doesn’t know who he is! After reading her mom’s diary, Sophie secretly invites the three men her mom wrote about to her wedding. This enchanting and unforgettable tale of love, laughter, family and friendship is set to ABBA classics including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me,” “The Winner Takes It All,” and the title song “Mamma Mia!”
“I am thrilled to be the first theatre in the area to present this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship,” said Lou Ursone, Curtain Call’s executive director and producer for Mamma Mia. “When we were offered the rights to present this show back in July 2017, I immediately accepted and announced it, even though we hadn’t even started the 2017-18 season,” Ursone added. “Whether it’s your first time seeing Mamma Mia or your 10th, we know you’ll have a great time,” he said. (As of press time, the entire run is more than 50% sold out.)
For those looking for something extra special, a preview performance of Mamma Mia on September 13, will include a pre-show party featuring fabulous food from Nikki Glekas Events, wine, beer and a signature cocktail. After the show, audience members are welcome to meet the cast and crew and enjoy desserts courtesy of DiMare Pastry shop. Tickets for this VIP fundraising event are $75.00 per person.
Directing Mamma Mia is veteran Curtain Call director, Tom Coppola, whose last production was the sold out production of Gypsy. "I love working with Tom and so do all the actors - he really puts on a great show, AND he's a terrific performer himself," Ursone said. He is joined on the creative team by Caitlin Roberts – choreographer, Peter Randazzo – music director, Peter Barbieri, Jr – set design, Peter Petrino – lighting design, and Terry Hanson – costume design. Stage management is handled by Amy Ayala, Tommy DeSalvo, Joey Macari and Jan Ursone.
The cast of 28 features many former Curtain Call performers along with many making their debut with this Stamford company. The three leading ladies of Mamma Mia, Donna, Tanya and Rosie, will be played by Juliette Koch, Gillian Bailey and Tracy Marble, respectively. Others in the cast include: William Armstrong, Rebecca Borowik, Hunter Brady, John Capasso, Alanna Delgado, Natasha Fenster, Robert Geils, Robert Thomas Halliwell, Angela Jackson, Claire Kenny, Kevin Kiley, Savannah Belle Miller, Chris Nardi, Kelly Nayden, Zully Ramos, Emma Sawch, Tyler Small, John Royse, Fred Rueck, Gregorio Santa, Nora Watson, Virgil Watson, Shayla Williams, Katelyn Wilson and Gail Yudain.
Performances will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00PM and Sunday afternoons at 2:00PM, beginning September 14. The Kweskin Theatre is located at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT. Tickets are $35 for adults, $25 for senior citizens and $17.5 for children. Thrifty Thursday tickets are $27.50. Box Office: 203-461-6358 x 36 or on the web at www.curtaincallinc.com.
Curtain Call's 28th season also includes The Foreigner, Accomplice, Elf the Musical, A Merry Mulberry Street Musical, and many more full-scale productions, as well as concerts, comedy nights, and interactive murder mysteries. Additional information is available at www.curtaincallinc.com or by calling 203-329-8207.
Curtain Call is the non-profit community-based theatre company in residence at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue in Stamford. Year-round productions and educational workshops for all ages are presented by and for area residents in The Kweskin Theatre and The Dressing Room Theatre.
Curtain Call was voted Fairfield County's BEST LOCAL THEATRE GROUP ten years running in the Annual Readers' Poll of The Fairfield County Weekly and has received similar BEST OF awards from Stamford Magazine and StamfordPlus magazine for 2008 through 2018. Curtain Call received The Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2011 and the ACE Award for Excellence in Arts & Culture from the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County.
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