Mama Mia!

Left to right: Madison Kisst, Megan heaps and Sydnee Fuller contemplate some youthful indiscretions in Mamma Mia!

The ongoing production of “Mamma Mia!” by the Lyric Repertory Company is pure mindless fluff, exactly as this juke box musical featuring 1970’s hits by the Swedish pop group Abba was meant to be. It’s also rollicking good fun.

The cast of this show is supported by a top-notch production team. Jason Spelbring’s direction of “Mamma Mia!” is flawless and the choreography by Eric Shorey is inspired. The costume designs by Sara Shouse produce a delightful riot of color and Spencer Potter’s minimalist set design suggests a sunny, seaside atmosphere.

Despite its feminine title, “Mamma Mia!” is actually the grand-daddy of the jukebox musicals. The British production’s premier in London in 1999 spawned a string of similar musicals capitalizing on the popularity of commercial rock and pop music. Avid fans of “Mamma Mia!” still contend, however, that this show is the best of that bunch and the current Lyric production certainly supports that argument.

Lyric newcomer Adriana Alvarez is perfect as Sophie, a bride-to-be who is determined to uncover the identity of her long-lost father. She has a crystal clear voice, remarkable stage presence for her age and a nice sense of comic timing.

Megan Lynn Heaps is another fresh face in this Lyric cast. She is simply superb as Donna, the former lead singer of an all-girl disco trio who is now a single mother with a well-kept secret.

The luscious Madison Kisst returns to the Lyric stage, having graduated from being a disturbingly sexy witch in “Macbeth” last year to a Category-5 heartbreaker as Tanya, a cougar with a roving eye and discerning tastes.

Lyric veteran Sydnee Fullmer rounds out the female leads as Rosie, providing comedy relief as one of Donna’s former back-up singers.

Three bewildered fellows unwittingly competing to be Sophie’s father provide the male eye-candy in “Mamma Mia!” They are newcomer Paul Michael Sandberg and two Lyric veterans — Kenny Bordieri and Eric Van Tielen.

Other individual cast stand-outs include Cailen Fu, Rachael Johnson Hodge, Tre’mon K Mills and Eric Shorey. Kudos also to the show’s ensemble performers, who sing and dance up a storm throughout “Mamma Mia!”

Additional performances of the show are slated at the USU Morgan Theatre through July 31. For ticket information, visit

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