'MAMMA MIA!' walks down the aisle of Elliott Hall of Music

September 25, 2014  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - "MAMMA MIA!," the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returns to Purdue University's Elliott Hall of Music at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21.  This performance is presented by Purdue Convocations.

Seen by over 54 million people around the world, "MAMMA MIA!" is celebrating 5,000 performances on Broadway and is the ninth-longest running show in Broadway history. The original West End production of "MAMMA MIA!" is now in its 15th year and has celebrated over 6,000 performances in London, and the international tour has visited more than 74 foreign cities in 35 countries. The film adaptation of "MAMMA MIA!" is the most successful movie musical of all time, grossing $600 million worldwide.

An independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna is about to let go of Sophie, the spirited daughter she's raised alone. For Sophie's wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends - practical and no-nonsense Rosie and wealthy, multi-divorcee Tanya - from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos. But Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own.

On a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle, she brings back three men from Donna's past to the Mediterranean paradise they visited 20 years earlier. Over 24 hours, new love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled.

Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA's songs from "Dancing Queen" and "S.O.S." to "Money, Money, Money" and "Take a Chance on Me," "MAMMA MIA!" is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found.

"MAMMA MIA!" is produced by Work Light Productions, whose other touring productions include "American Idiot," "Irving Berlin's White Christmas," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," and "Chaplin."

Tickets are $22-$52 for adults and $22-$39 for those 18 years and younger, Purdue students and Ivy Tech Lafayette students. Tickets are available at the Stewart Center box office at (765-494-3933 or 800-914-SHOW). Group discounts are also available to groups of 10 more. Call (765) 496-1977 for more details or visit http://www.convocations.org/group-sales/

Initiated in 1902, Purdue Convocations is among the oldest collegiate performing arts presenters in the United States. Convocations brings a diverse array of world-class performances and intellectual encounters, connecting them to our academic, local, and regional audiences through educational opportunities. 

Source: Abby Eddy, Purdue Convocations director of marketing, 765-494-9712, aeeddy@purdue.edu

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