Director Gordon Cantiello is staging “Mamma Mia!” at the Performing Artists Repertory Theatre, opening Friday night.

A jukebox musical based on the songs of ABBA, it centers on bride-to-be Sophie (Evelyn Hill), who has never known her father. It could be one of three men with whom her mom, Donna (Mackenzie Dehmer), had a relationship in her hippie days. Sophie invites all three guys to her wedding, hoping that she can figure out who will walk her down the aisle.

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It premiered in London in 1999 and on Broadway in 2001. It was the ninth longest-running Broadway musical when it closed in 2015. It has inspired a national tour and scores of international versions, and it’s believed that, on any given day, there are at least seven productions of the show around the world.

A movie version starring Meryl Streep came out in 2008, and a sequel followed in 2018.

The stage musical has a cast of 20 that will perform in the intimate confines of Cantiello’s cabaret-like theater. It’s probably the largest show he has produced in the space since it opened about five years ago.

“Mamma Mia” runs through Feb. 16.

Betsie covers a little bit of everything for The World-Herald's Living section, including theater, religion and anything else that might need attention. Phone: 402-444-1267.

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