Many Montclair performers, including Deshja Driggs-Hall in a starring role, will appear in Gas Lamp Players’ production of the ABBA jukebox musical “Mamma Mia!” from Friday, Feb. 7 through Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Ridgewood Avenue School Theater in Glen Ridge. A multigenerational cast of 80 adults, teens and children are in the cast.
With music and lyrics by Benny Anderson and Björn Ulvaeus, and book by Catherine Johnson, Mamma Mia! opened in 1999 in the West End and then transferred to Broadway in 2001, where it ran for 14 years and 5,758 performances. It is one of the top ten longest-running musicals both on Broadway and in the West End and it remains one of the top-five highest grossing musical theater franchises of all time. Its various productions around the world have spanned over 50 countries and have been seen by over 60 million people. Meryl Streep starred in the 2008 movie.
Gas Lamp creative/production team includes Director Kristy Graves; Assistant Director Susan Knight Carlin; Co-Producers Meredith Eaton, Eileen Kelly, and Rennae Pelayo; Musical Director Markus Grae-Hauck; Choreographer Michael Scannelli; Assistant Choreographer Conny Andres; Technical Director Cyndi Owgang; Stage Manager Robert Lavagno; Assistant Stage Manager Justin Comini; Set Designer Alecia Hurst Walton; Costume Design Greta Nappa; Lighting Design Kevin Ohlweiler; Sound Design Jimmy Preziosa.
The Ridgewood Avenue School Theater is at 235 Ridgewood Ave., Glen Ridge. For tickets and information visit gaslampplayers.org.