Director’s Notes: “Mamma Mia!”

Director’s Notes: “Mamma Mia!”

Postponing “Mamma Mia!” was heartbreaking and just one week before opening night!  Our cast/crew/staff had worked so incredibly hard for 6 weeks to bring you the best show possible.

During this time, when so many artists are unable to exercise their creativity, it’s important to keep our minds and our hearts focused on what’s on the horizon once things get back to normal.  I am so thrilled and grateful that MAMMA MIA! at 5-Star Theatricals is one of those projects.

“I’m so eager to get back to work on this show, but more than that, I’m eager to share it with the audience.  If the audience has half as much fun seeing it as we had working on it, it will be a great night for everyone. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!” 

– Richard Israel

I consider myself so fortunate to have worked with such an incredibly talented group of actors, designers, technical staff and administrators, as well as my creative partners, Anthony Lucca (Music Director) and Stephanie Landwehr (Choreographer).  The rehearsal process for MAMMA MIA was one of the most joyful and harmonious that I’ve experienced – everyone, in every department, showed up every day, ready to work, but also ready to play.  Directing a show is in large part about putting together a family, and we are so lucky to have this particular group of people onstage and behind-the-scenes.

A large part of the joy of MAMMA MIA! is the material itself.  The music of ABBA is, by definition, filled with fun and heart – and MAMMA MIA,! the musical, does a fantastic job of showcasing this fabulous music, but also giving us a story that’s resonant and often very moving.  I think we’re all going to be ready to dance in the aisles, and MAMMA MIA! is the show to get us out of our seats.