If there’s one thing everyone knows about me, it’s that my mom is my best friend. We are Rory and Lorelai. We are almost freakishly close, we text all the time, and I can’t remember the last time I went a day without calling her. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
(Literally, that’s us, played by Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham.)
It should come as no surprise that my mom and I love the musical Mamma Mia. A Greek island, some crazy romance, and one of the strongest mother-daughter bonds on Broadway? It’s right up our ally.
And it came to ASU Gammage this past weekend!
So, naturally, we had to go.
Now, every time my mom and I go see a show, it’s our little tradition to have lunch beforehand. Since we typically go to Sunday matinees, it just makes sense.
Yesterday, we went to PF Changs. We ordered up the exact same dishes of stir-fried tofu and veggies… and we let our waiter talk us into buying an entire bottle of wine. But to be fair, they don’t call it Sunday Funday for nothing.
After lunch, we walked over to the theater, and took our seats for one of the most fun shows I have literally ever experienced. Mamma Mia is one of those shows that is a complete theatrical experience – you can even overlook some of the cheesy lines and overacting because it’s just so much fun… and you can really tell that the cast thinks so too!
At the end of the show, following the bows, they put on a mini ABBA concert. The core cast comes out wearing the most ridiculous, but totally traditional and hilariously sparkly, ABBA outfits ever, and they start belting out some classics like “Dancing Queen” in true concert style. It was so great! Everyone in the audience clearly agreed, as there were people of all ages jumping up and dancing to the songs. We were sitting on the first tier balcony, and it was literally shaking with all the excitement.
(My mom didn’t enjoy the shaking so much.)
We left the show feeling totally giddy. It might have had something to do with the bottle of wine with lunch, but I definitely think that there’s just something to be said about spending a Sunday Funday seeing a fun rendition of Mamma Mia with your mamma mia.
Mamma Mia is on its farewell tour, but if you get the chance to see it at any upcoming stops, I highly recommend taking your own mom (or sister, or best friend, or aunt) and making an entire day out of it!
Trust me, you won’t regret it.
(But I will warn you… Sunday Funday makes for a struggle of a Monday. Someone bring me coffee, please.)