Nov 6, 2013

Mamma Mia at the Fischer - Opening Night recap and ticket info!

Guest Blogger: Robin S.

Metro Detroit Mommy received tickets to this event in exchange for this promotional post.

Last night, my BFF and I went to see Mamma Mia at the Fischer Theatre in Detroit.  There I was, in beautiful Fischer Theatre on opening night – with no clue that I was supposed to dress formally.  I was just happy that I escaped the house with no sign of finger paint on my pants or cheerios in my hair, as I kissed my two toddlers and ventured out in my blue jeans, sweater and boots!  There were about 30 people also in my denim club, so it worked out okay – but glad I learned the lesson for next time!  (There will be a next time!  I will probably go to the same show next year, it was great!)

So, the Theatre itself is gorgeous, I had never been there before.  We had great seats, so we got cozy and waited for the show to start.  All of a sudden it turned from fancy dresses in a fancy theatre to a real girls night – music was blasting and a colorful light show began.  It was fun before it even got started!  Up came the curtain and there sat Sophie, singing with her heavenly voice.  All eyes were on her as she quickly quieted the room with her entrance.  The Actress, Chelsea Williams, fit the part perfectly.  Then, out came her handsome FiancĂ©e’, Sky (Chris Stevens), with his stellar dance moves and enchanting voice.  The production was so upbeat, colorful and fast paced that you couldn't help but be glued and enjoying yourself.

As you get swept into their musical reality that every tough encounter can quickly be avoided and re-directed by bursting into songs about feelings, I had to wonder if I could adapt this into my life.  I believe I will try it with my kids this morning.  I am already dreaming up the songs about not standing on the table or licking the shopping cart.  The possibilities are endless.  To say I left inspired is an understatement!  Now if only I had the voice of those Actors…

The story line was just as I remembered from the movie, but I have to say I enjoyed the musical more.  I think that the Actors and Actresses fit all of the parts so perfectly and the story seemed to line up while still offering you a new experience and outlook.  It was great!  The choreography was outstanding.  I can not say that enough.  The dancing they did, while singing, was incredible.  This is probably the most talented group of dancers I have ever seen, which actually goes beyond my Daughters toddler ballet class believe it or not!  Men were dancing around in purple leotard-suits at one point which was very entertaining – there was a quick scene of one in his swimming underwear and a few racy scenes that would just look like silly play to any children in the room but obvious enough for the adults to know what is going on.  There were enough giggly girly moments to bring you back to your sleepover days while making you feel like you were part of theirs at the same time – singing into curling irons and deodorant sticks while jumping on the bed (which came onto the stage out of nowhere by the way, what a great tech crew!).  I couldn't get my guy to agree to the show – and I think he’s counting his blessings because of all of the girly giggle, but I did see that the men in the room were enjoying themselves.  It was really a crowd pleaser and I think for the gents that made it, it was worth it.

Overall, I was caught up in the love story, the drama, the whole thing.  This is how you know they've done a fabulous job.  One of the songs really tugged at my heartstrings as a Mother – could have even made me choke up a little if I wasn't so busy laughing and enjoying the rest of the show.   The song is “Slipping through my fingers” and it’s about how your children grow so fast.  It’s beautiful.  Granted my daughter just turned three – I can still relate. 
This was a wonderful production.  I strongly encourage you to hop over to Ticket Master and see if you can still score some tickets to the show, it’s on until 11/10.  You don’t want to miss out on this!  It’s nice to have a girls night or a date night anyway – take a break from your busy mom life and laugh a little.

Robin Slawnyk
Metro Detroit Mommy 

Performance times for MAMMA MIA!, appearing November 5 -10, 2013 at the Fisher Theatre, located at 3011 W. Grand Blvd., in Detroit, are:

- Tuesday through Saturday performances at 8:00 p.m.
- Sunday evening performance at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets for MAMMA MIA! range from $30 to $76 (includes parking and facility fees) and are now on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787, online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.broadwayindetroit.com and at the Fisher Theatre box office. A limited number of premium seats are available through Ticketmaster and at the box office. For group sales (12 or more) please email groups@broadwayindetroit.com or call (313) 871-1132. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.

Metro Detroit Mommy received tickets to this event in exchange for this promotional post.

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