ALBANY — During the interval at Capital Rep’s fun-filled production of the mega-hit musical “Mamma Mia!,” an enthusiastic gentleman who had spent most of the first act singing the songs along with the cast, asked me if I was enjoying the show. “Yes, quite a lot, thanks,” I replied smiling and added, “And I don’t have to ask if you’re enjoying the show! You know all the words.”
“Oh, yes!” he bounced back, “I love this show and I loved, loved, loved the movie. Meryl [Streep] was the bomb! Did you see it? ” Fighting the urge to say, “Of course I saw the movie. I never miss a Pierce Brosnan musical,” I smiled and politely said, “Oh yes I did, I wouldn’t have missed it.” And despite the fact that neither Meryl nor James Bond appear in this production, you won’t want to miss it. It’s a heck of a lot of fun.
Like most in the audience, the music of the Euro pop sensation ABBA was a big part of the soundtrack my youth. ABBA had a string of non-stop hits including “Dancing Queen”, “Super Trouper” and “The Name of the Game,” which crackled out of AM radios in the 1970s, creating nostalgic earworms that continue to this day. Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Carol King was the music that came pouring out of the stereo in my bedroom and the whole neighborhood could hear when the windows were open. But the windows were slammed shut and the headphones popped on when I listened to ABBA. Owning the 45s of “Waterloo” and “SOS” was not something I would have admitted to back then — not quite sure I even want to admit to that fact now — but I knew…
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