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Mamma Mia!
Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia!
Drury Lane- Oakbrook
Thru - Apr 14, 2019

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Drury Lane- Oakbrook

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Chicago Tribune- Recommended

"...You know “Mamma Mia!” or you stopped reading three paragraphs ago. You are inquiring whether this one is any good? Yes siree, absolutely — it has Susie McMonagle played Donna. McMonagle did the national tour of this show in 2008 — I can still recall, as the ABBA song goes. She was fabulous then and we all get better with age."
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Chris Jones



Daily Herald- Recommended

"...Director William Osetek has assembled a top-notch "Mamma Mia!" cast for the area's third professional regional production. The performers not only powerfully belt out the songs, they also dance up a storm to Jane Lanier's silly choreography involving scuba flippers and outré lamé get-ups."
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Scott C Morgan



Let's Play at ChicagoNow- Recommended

"...This night goes to the ladies; however, Micheal Accordo, Sam Carmichael and Stef Tovar, all returning to Drury Lane held up their end as fathers to be and former lovers of Donna. These season professional are right at home grooving to the songs from ABBA and making a love boat performance as three men decide its okay to be the father and a friend."
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Rick and Brenda McCain



Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended

"...Just when I thought I had enough “Mamma Mia!” productions, along comes another sharply staged rendition of this zany musical that was put together using the powerful music of ABBA at Drury Lane Theatre. Under the careful eye of its director, William Osetek, and the amazing choreography of Jane Lanier, and with outstanding musical direction by Roberta Duchak, and with a solid cast of players, who are both talented and highly energetic, a full house was on its feet before the ending of the story, or should I say “fairy tale”."
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Alan Bresloff



Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended

"...Dredging up fond memories of the mirror-balled 1970’s and 80’s, while filling the audience’s head with over two dozen infectious ABBA hits, William Osetek has created a fresh, brisk and buoyant new interpretation of a musical whose only weakness is its story. Roberta Duchak, once again, has skillfully guided her cast through the catchy pop score, nicely accompanied by Christopher Sargent’s spirited seven-member pit band. With hits like “The Name of the Game,” “Under Attack,” “S.O.S.,” “Knowing Me, Knowing You” and the haunting melody that opens and closes the show, “I Have a Dream,” it’s guaranteed that audiences will leave Drury Lane saying, “Thank You For the Music,” having enjoyed this superior “Super Trouper” of a show."
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Colin Douglas



Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended

"...The opening night atmosphere at Drury Lane was heavy with anticipation, especially from the many younger viewers, and you could feel the buzz in the house even before the show began. Once the overture ended, it didn’t take long for the keyed-up crowd to recognize that their eagerness would be rewarded with an extra special presentation. And so they were."
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Dan Zeff



Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended

"...Drury's Director William Osetek brings together an electric cast of Chicago's favorite stage veterans along with an array of newcomers. It's a Chicagoland casting decision represented by the show's two leads, mother and daughter, Donna and Sophie Sheridan, played respectively by regional favorite Susie McMonagle and lovely newcomer Rebecca Hurd. While the ensemble sings the heck out of the tuneful songbook (thanks to Music Director Roberta Duchkek) and flippers their way through some fun choreography by Jane Lanier, this show belongs to these two leading ladies."
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Barry Reszel



Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended

"...What can I say about Mamma Mia that hasn't already been said? It's an international phenomenon, with a Broadway run that spanned 14 years, has been adapted into two movies, with all three versions being smash hits. Now Drury Lane Theatre is giving a go at this worldwide hit, directed by William Osetek, and I've gotta say, they've knocked it out of the park."
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James Brod



PicksInSix- Recommended

"...Director William Osetek, music director Roberta Duchak and conductor Christopher Sargent tap an energized and enthusiastic Chicago ensemble from top to bottom. McMonagle's "Winner Takes It All" is a showstopper, and with all of ABBA's well known pop-rock ballads and driving dance numbers, choreographed by Jane Lanier on the Jeffrey D. Kmiec set, "Mamma Mia!" has everything you could hope for-a glittering night of musical magic to experience again and again."
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Ed Tracy