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    Here we go again: ‘Mamma Mia’ returns to Tucson

    How can you resist “”Mamma Mia””? With eight performances over six days, it’s almost impossible to miss.

    “”Mamma Mia”” begins production on Tuesday, April 21 and ends Sunday, April 26 at the Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. Ticket prices range from $13.50 to $60 with student, military and senior discounts available. Each performance will be three hours long.

    “”Mamma Mia”” is a stage musical that has captured the attention of over 40 million viewers. The music is based on the songs by Swedish pop group ABBA, but the story is based on a script by Catherine Johnson.

    The story takes place on a Greek island paradise and revolves around the drama that unfolds when the character Sophie invites three men, one of whom she suspects is her father, to her wedding. Her quest to find her father brings all three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years before.

    Whether you have never seen “”Mamma Mia”” or this is your tenth time, it’s a classic that never gets old.

    “”If they have seen the show before, they will still get the same show, but we have a whole new cast since the last time we were there,”” said Sara Braslow, “”Mamma Mia”” dance captain and UA alumna.

    For the observant viewer, a few changes might catch their eye, but certainly won’t change the entertainment factor.

    “”There have been a few technical changes, but I think we have added more to the show,”” said Braslow. “”It’s just as good, if not a better production (than) the one we had before. We have a whole a new perspective with new cast members.””

    Braslow graduated from the UA in 1997 with a bachelor of fine arts in musical theater. Originally from New Jersey, Braslow returned to New York to pursue her career as an actress and dancer.

    “”I loved the musical theater department, but I knew I wanted to go back to New York. I had a real normal college life before going into a crazy actor life,”” said Braslow.

    This tour’s Tucson stop will be a special string of performances for Braslow.

    “”Since the movie came out, it’s opened up a broader audience,”” said Braslow. “”The audience can enjoy it even more in a live (production). I think that is a big aspect this year, because people know a lot more about it since the movie came out.””

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