Mamma Mia! at the Saenger
When my daughter was a baby, we took 15 minutes each morning to expose her to a different genre of music. From Afro-Cuban jazz to punk rock, we covered just about everything. Though the practice was mainly for our own amusement, there was outside hope that we could shape our daughter’s preferences to lean more towards Bob Dylan than Bob the Builder. I would secretly fantasize about a tween Edith requesting music steeped in cultural significance while turning her nose up at bubble gum pop. Then came disco day.
Edith’s smile at “Dancing Queen,” served as a reminder that all good music doesn’t have deep meaning; sometimes it’s just fun, and if you’re looking for fun this weekend, check out Mamma Mia! at the Saenger Theatre.
The show itself is as light and fluffy as the music of Abba, but what it lacks in substance it makes up for in fun. The slapstick humor from a strong supporting cast shine as bright as the mirrors on a disco ball. Don't rush out after curtain call or you’ll miss the best dance numbers of the entire production.
Kim Frusciante is an educator, Tulane alumna, and new mom who loves all things New Orleans. Though she wishes she could claim to be a native New Orleanian, she will happily settle for raising one instead. Kim is passionate about enjoying the culture of our city with her daughter, Edith, and helping others to do the same with their little ones. Let Edith be your test-baby: Email Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Kim (well, Edith…) on Instagram @feedithnola.