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Mamma Mia!

Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat. from March 1-Sept. 28
8 p.m.
Every Wed. and Sat. from March 6
1 p.m.
Every Sun. from March 3-Sept. 22
6:30 p.m.
$53-$93
Theater

There’s a fitting symmetry to Mamma Mia!, the tremendously popular Broadway musical inspired by the tremendously popular songs of ABBA. While the group’s output was sometimes critically dismissed as insubstantial pop, such assessments tended to overlook the Swedish band’s inspired mastery of cascading harmonies and soaring melodies. The invigorating power of ABBA’s music remains undeniable, especially when a dance floor is involved. Such music also happens to make the perfect soundtrack for a jukebox musical, as recognized by British playwright Catherine Johnson, who, utilizing a catalog of ABBA tunes, crafted an escapist tale of romantic longing. Set on a fictional Greek island, the story follows a young woman who is determined to identify her biological father on the eve on her nuptials. Because Dad could be one of three men, each is invited to the wedding, an action that unsettles the lives of all involved, especially her mother, who long resolved to keep these relationships in the past. Bursting with a nonstop array of romantic complications, this Michael Brindisi-directed work makes no apologies for its aspirations to intoxicate audiences with immaculately crafted pop. Showtimes vary, check online at www.chanhassendt.com.