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‘Mamma Mia!’ walks down the aisle on the Community Center Theater

SACRAMENTO — Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ “Mamma Mia!,” the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returns to Sacramento. Performances are scheduled March 13-18 at the Sacramento Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento.

Seen by more than 50 million people around the world, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ global smash hit musical “Mamma Mia!” celebrates more than 4,000 performances in its 10th smash hit year at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre and remains among Broadway’s top selling musicals.

The current North American tour has played more than 3,700 performances in 150-plus cities with 145 repeat visits. The original West End production of “Mamma Mia!” is now in its 13th year and has celebrated more than 5,000 performances in London and the international tour has visited more than 50 foreign cities and been seen by 4 million people. The blockbuster feature film adaptation of “Mamma Mia!” produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman is the most successful movie musical of all time, grossing $600 million worldwide.

With a worldwide gross of over $2 billion, “Mamma Mia!” is acclaimed by the Associated Press as “quite simply, a phenomenon.”

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 chaotic, magical hours new love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled on this lush island full of possibilities.

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.

Produced by Judy Craymer, Richard East and Björn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal, the creative team responsible for bringing “Mamma Mia!” to theatrical life includes some of the most gifted and celebrated talents of musical theater and opera. With music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, “Mamma Mia!” is written by Catherine Johnson and directed by Phyllida Lloyd. “Mamma Mia!” has choreography by Anthony Van Laast, production design by Mark Thompson, lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruce and Bobby Aitken, and musical supervision, additional material and arrangements by Martin Koch.

Tickets for “Mamma Mia!” are available now by calling (916) 557-1999 or (916) 808-5181, or online at Tickets.com. Tickets are also available at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office, 1419 H St., Sacramento, and at the Convention Center Box Office, 1301 L St., Sacramento. Tickets start at $19. Evening performances are Tuesday, March 13, through Saturday, March 17, at 8 p.m.; matinee performances are Thursday, March 15, Saturday, March 17, and Sunday, March 18, at 2 p.m.

Broadway Sacramento is presented by California Musical Theatre and sponsored by Wells Fargo.

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