Seventies disco is alive and well in Chapel Hill with the Pauper Players' spring mainstage production of “Mamma Mia.”
This jukebox musical brings the music of the Swedish band ABBA alive with its Greek interpretation of a story of lovers throughout generations. The story of the musical focuses on Sophie, who is trying to find her real father out of three of her mother’s former lovers.
Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, the writers of the music used in “Mamma Mia,” spearheaded ABBA in the 1970s with their Swedish disco music. ABBA’s hit songs such as “Dancing Queen” and “Super Trooper” are featured in the stage show that is being presented by Pauper Players.
The production is running from April 5-8 at 7:30 p.m.at the Carrboro ArtsCenter. There will be additional matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets will be sold in the pit and are $8 for students and $10 for non-students.
“Mamma Mia is actually my first musical here at UNC, and it has been a great introduction to the musical theater world here because it is such a fun show," ensemble member Hannah Whittington said. "Everyone loves ABBA of course, so the music along with the high-energy choreography is why I love it so much.”
Despite trying to stay as true to the source material as possible with this production, Pauper Players is putting a spin on the musical classic by reinforcing the music to represent the emotions of the storyline.