Cast of the “Mamma Mia!” farewell tour | Courtesy of Broadway Across America

Mamma Mia!” first opened on Broadway in 2001 and has since been seen by more than 60 million people around the world. The musical, based around the songs of ’70s pop group ABBA, is the eighth longest running show in Broadway history and only one of five to have run for more than 10 years in New York.

But for better or worse, the end is near. The “Mamma Mia!” farewell tour makes a pit stop in Louisville this weekend, giving fans one last chance to sing along with “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance on Me” and more. Since the curtain closed on the Broadway production in 2015, you can consider this tour the encore.

Betsy Padamonsky as Donna | Courtesy of Broadway Across America

The story is centered on a young woman’s quest to find her father the night before her wedding — narrowing down the possibility to three men from her mother’s sordid past, all of whom are invited to the ceremony. The play was written by Catherine Johnson and co-produced by ABBA member Björn Ulvaeus.

In 2008, “Mamma Mia!” was made into a film that starred Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Amanda Seyfried, but true fans of the musical — including this writer — did not think it translated well. Still, it went on to gross more than $600 million worldwide.

The PNC Broadway in Louisville production runs five times from July 21-23 at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Tickets, which start at $32, are still available.

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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle ( She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."