Review: Historic Holly’s MAMMA MIA lights up the stage

By Samantha Stiller — Contributing Editor — May 10, 2019

Photo Credit: Jake Pierce Photography

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Go to the Holly Theatre this weekend to watch a lovely rendition of MAMMA MIA! This iconic show is being brought to life by the talented Historic Holly Theatre.

MAMMA MIA! first opened on Broadway in 2001, with music and lyrics by ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Bjord Ulvaeus, featuring Stig Anderson, with a book by Catherine Johnson and originally being conceived by Judy Craymer. The show has been wildly successful both in London and on Broadway, and boasts as the 4th longest running show on Broadway, having run for 14 years. Since its 1999 London West End debut, over 60 million people have seen the show worldwide.

The setting is a beautiful tiny Greek island, where Sophie dreams of a perfect wedding — one which includes her father giving her away. However, Sophie has never known who he is! Her mother Donna, the former lead singer of the 1970’s pop group Donna and the Dynamos, never talks about him, so Sophie decides to figure it out for herself. After looking at her mother’s old diary, she discovers three possible fathers: Sam, Bill, and Harry. She secretly invites all three to the wedding in the hopes that she would finally be able to discover her biological dad. But when all three turn up, the answer may not be as clear as she thought!

This production is directed and music directed by Heidi Rider, assistant music directed by Carson Ball, and co-choreographed by Brelin Zimmerman Knop, and Kailey Steele. Together, they do a great job of bringing some talented performers together to put on a wonderful show.

Kailey Steele portrays Sophie, the curious bride-to be. Her lovely vocals and fantastic dancing fit this carefree character perfectly!

The incomparable Colleen Quigley plays Donna, the quirky former lead singer. Along with her commanding stage presence, she brings loads of energy to this headstrong role. Colleen’s life parallels Donna’s in real life as well. She’s a hard-working single mom of two children, and director of Lumpkin High School’s celebrated theater program. She’s dusted off her acting skills and proves she’s still got what it takes on the stage. It’s as if this role was written for her!

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Jill Coco, playing Tanya, and Kim Norton, as Rosie, are a hilarious comic duo who perfectly complement each other. “Chiquitita” is wonderfully funny to watch, as well as “Does Your Mother Know” and “Take a Chance on Me”.

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Tibor Szenti, John Certusi, and Jim Noe, playing Bill, Sam, and Harry respectively, are all well cast as the slightly clueless possible fathers to Sophie. They play very well off of each other, and carry a bright energy throughout the show!

Carson Ball portrays the groom-to-be, Sky, with a mature air. His stunning vocals pair well with Sophie’s (Kailey Steele), and together they have sizzling on-stage chemistry.

Other Key-noteworthy’s include Sam Bradford as Eddie and Blaine Hensley as Pepper. Overall, The Holly puts on a fun, heartwarming show about discovering your true self! The show will continue to run up until May 19th, so get tickets now at

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