Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Coronado Playhouse Presents “Mamma Mia” Nov. 8 to Dec. 15

Coronado Playhouse ends its 73rd season with the award-winning, high-energy production of Mamma Mia!, opening Friday, November 8 and playing through Sunday, December 15, 2019. Fall in love with the characters, the story, and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show. This sunny, funny, sensational story, with a book by Catherine Johnson, is told through the magic of ABBA’s timeless music and explosive dance numbers. Music and lyrics are by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, the musical writing team and the “guy-half” of ABBA, that brought us the hits you know and love, like “Dancing Queen,” “Thank You for the Music,” “Money, Money Money,” “Take A Chance on Me,” and the title song “Mamma Mia!”.

Donna lives on a Greek island where she runs a small hotel. Her daughter, Sophie, is preparing for her wedding, dreaming of her father walking her down the aisle. One problem: she doesn’t know who he is! Sneaking a peek into her mother’s old journals, Sophie discovers that her dad is one of three possible guys. She secretly invites all three to the wedding, convinced that she’ll know her father when she sees him. But when all three turn up, it may not be as clear as she’d thought!

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Mamma Mia! is helmed by returning CPH director Jennie Gray Connard. An actor / director / choreographer, Connard has been working at San Diego theatres since childhood. She directed several productions at CPH including Spamalot (Aubrey Award) Avenue Q (Aubrey Award and Bravo San Diego Award for production) A Little Night Music and A Year With Frog and Toad (Aubrey Award). She is also the Owner/Artistic Director of the OB Playhouse and Theatre Company where she directed many critically-acclaimed shows, including Jesus Christ Superstar and Hair.

Once again, she is teaming up with the award-winning Music Director Kirk Valles. Valles is another familiar face at CPH. He recently won an Aubrey award for his musical direction of A Man of No Importance. He has won many other awards and accolades for his shows at CPH and beyond, including: Urinetown, A Chorus Line, A Little Night Music, Nunsense, Always Patsy Cline, Godspell (in concert), SpamalotInto The Woods, Sleeping Beauty, Tommy, I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change, Ave Q, Jesus Christ Superstar and Hair.

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Tickets range from $22-$28 and are available through Coronado Playhouse’s Box Office at (619) 435-4856 or online at www.CoronadoPlayhouse.com.

Community Partner – The Surfrider Foundation of San Diego

Community Theatre is made by, with and for the community in which it is performed. Coronado Playhouse is committed to pursuing community theatre in the truest sense of the words by giving back to the people of San Diego County and using our public platform to help those in need. During the run of Mamma Mia!, Coronado Playhouse is raising money and awareness to benefit The Surfrider Foundation of San Diego.

The Surfrider Foundation is a U.S. 501(c)(3) grassroots non-profit environmental organization that works to protect and preserve the world’s oceans, waves and beaches. It focuses on water quality, beach access, beach and surf spot preservation, and sustaining marine and coastal ecosystems.

For more information, visit sandiego.surfrider.org

Special Event: Opening Night Members’ Mingler – Friday, November 8 at 6:30 pm

Playhouse members are invited to a hosted Happy Hour at CPH for drinks and appetizers before every opening night of each new main-stage production to mingle with fellow theatre lovers and enjoy the ambience and excitement of opening night. Not a member? Not a problem! Membership starts at just $50 and can be purchased in advance or at the event.

About Coronado Playhouse
Currently in its 73rd season, Coronado Playhouse is the longest continuously run community theatre in San Diego County. The intimate 100-seat, cabaret-style theatre, overlooks beautiful Glorietta Bay and is part of the Coronado Community Center. The venue opened in 2006 with state-of-the-art equipment and a full-service bar. Season ticket holders can reserve tables a year in advance for each show. The Playhouse is dedicated to providing quality entertainment, with a mix of classic and modern comedies, dramas and mysteries, dazzling musicals, colorful free classics, theatre for young audiences, concerts and cabarets. These programs, along with our education outreach, theatre classes and other community events, are only possible because of your continued support and charitable donations.

Coronado Playhouse is a qualified 501(c) 3 non-profit organization as San Diego County’s longest-running community theatre and Coronado’s oldest arts organization.


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Managing Editor
Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She is thrilled to call Coronado home and raise her two children here. In her free time enjoys hitting the gym, reading, and walking her dog around the “island.” Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: manager@coronadotimes.com
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