‘Mamma Mia!’ prepares for return to Vegas showroom

Disco returns to Vegas this spring in the form of hit Broadway musical “Mamma Mia!” at the Tropicana on the Strip.

Opening May 8, “Mamma Mia!” will take over the Tropicana Theater, formerly the home of showgirl revue “Folies Bergere.” Previously, the musical performed for six years at Mandalay Bay, closing in 2008.

ABBA's hit song "Dancing Queen" is performed in 2004 during the previous run of "Mamma Mia!" on the Las Vegas Strip.

Told through the music of Swedish pop group Abba, “Mamma Mia!” is an amusing tale of family and friendship that unfolds on a tiny Greek island as the mother of a young bride-to-be brings three men to the wedding to figure out which one is her daughter’s father.

Adding “Mamma Mia” to the Tropicana’s entertainment offerings is part of the resort’s transformation, especially because its one of the most successful musicals to come out of Broadway, Tropicana CEO Alex Yemenidjian said. The Tropicana recently unveiled its remodeled suites and pool, and announced plans to “hopefully” break ground on a 275,000-square foot shopping mall later this year, he said.

“That’s what Las Vegas is all about,” he said. “It’s about entertainment that is moving, that is uplifting, that’s exhilarating, that’s exciting, and the ‘Mamma Mia!’ show encompasses those emotions.”

“Mamma Mia!” creator and worldwide producer Judy Craymer said the show at the Tropicana won’t be truncated or shortened for the Las Vegas stage and that audiences can expect the same sort of experience as they would find on Broadway. She said auditions are ongoing in New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas for the cast that will make up the Vegas show.

“It’s the full Monty, so to speak, of the Broadway production,” she said. “You have to have all those songs, you have to have the full Broadway production.”

Despite the show’s lengthy run of 15 years on Broadway, Craymer said “Mamma Mia!” appeals to audiences young and old.

“It attracts an audience that loves to see it again and again,” she said. “That’s perfect for Vegas. It’s a kind of comfort blanket.”

Mamma Mia! performs 7:30 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and 9 p.m. Saturday at the Tropicana Las Vegas. Tickets start at $65.