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ABBA’s infectious hits take center stage in ‘Mamma Mia’

Laura Nuzum plays Rosie, Amy Poland is Donna and Jillian Foster plays Tanya in "Mamma Mia!" (Courtesy of Jason Ponic Photography)

Laura Nuzum plays Rosie, Amy Poland is Donna and Jillian Foster plays Tanya in “Mamma Mia!” (Courtesy of Jason Ponic Photography)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — “Mamma Mia!” is a bit of froth wrapped in the pop-light tunes of ABBA.

The jukebox musical about three dads and a wedding opens on Friday, Oct. 11, at the Albuquerque Little Theatre. The show runs on weekends through Nov. 3.

The sunny tale unfolds in a Greek taverna, where a daughter’s quest to find her father brings a trio of men from her mother’s past back to the island they visited 20 years ago.

“It’s great fun,” director Henry Avery said. “It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time. The rights were just released recently. The music is so infectious.”

The ABBA hits keep coming: “Super Trouper,” “Lay All Your Love on Me,”

“Dancing Queen,” “Knowing Me, Knowing You,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “SOS” and the title track.

“It’s a single woman who was part of a singing trio on the Greek Islands,” Avery said. “She got pregnant. The one she thought was the dad married someone else.”

Donna’s daughter, Sophie, is determined to have a white wedding with lace and a father to walk her down the aisle. But first she must identify her dad. She scans her mother’s old diary and invites three possible candidates.

“The daughter wants what her mother never had,” Avery said.

Of course, Donna has no idea of her daughter’s quest.

The cast of about 31 includes backup singers who perform harmonies off-stage.

At least one potential actor revealed some confusion over which version of the musical ALT was staging : the original “Mamma Mia!” or the movie sequel “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.”

“It was so funny,” Avery said, “because they wanted to audition for the Cher part.”

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