Cupcake Theatre Presents “Mamma Mia” – Music by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus.
Lyrics by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus and some songs with Stig Anderson
Book by Catherine Johnson, originally conceived by Judy Craymer
Directed by Michael Pettenato
January 11th – March 3rd, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 7pm, Sunday at 4pm
The Cupcake Theatre, 11020 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601
I am always amazed how Cupcake Theatre’s artistic director Michael Pettenato can pull off such quality, large-scale, book musicals in an under 200-seat house.
It is truly “Broadway – Up Close & Personal.” NoHo/Los Angeles truly has incredible performers and Michael finds them for every musical he produces.
I have seen the musical “Mamma Mia” on Broadway and with at least 20 touring companies and I must say I still had to control myself from dancing in my chair and belting out my favorite Abba songs.
The entire audience rose for a standing ovation and truly didn’t want the cast to leave the stage.
Donna, the spirited mom played by Erin Eichberg, performed every song with deep emotion and put Meryl Streep’s performance in the movie version to shame….that woman can sing! Sofie, Donna’s daughter played by Page Stewart, has a beautiful musical theatre voice. All three dads – Sam, Bill and Harry – were charming and multi-talented. The ensemble rounded out this production with rich and vibrant vocals and some fantastic dancing. Applause to the choreographer, Tor Campbell.
The musical was directed by the strong, steady hand of Michael Pettenato who one day I predict will be producing/directing his original musicals throughout the country and across the sea.
Make no mistake, The San Fernando Valley has its Broadway at Cupcake Theatre!
This show can be performed by this same cast at the Ahmanson Theatre or the Pantages Theatre, it is that good a production. Erin Eichberg who plays Donna was magnificent in her staring role and the entire cast was just amazing.