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By Dianne R. Davis
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MAMMA Mia, the musical built around the music of Abba is delighting fans at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino. The musical has played in Vegas before, but this is the new improved model. The production runs 2 ½ hours with a 15 intermission.

Alison Ewing Christine Sherrill Mary Callanan - Dynamo Finale - MAMMA MIA LAS VEGAS Erik Kabik
Photo credit: Erik Kabik

The premise is unique. Sophie is about to marry and wants her father to walk her down the aisle. But she has been raised by her mother Donna and never knew anything about the man who fathered her. The discovery of her mother's diary leads to the further discovery that her mother's magical summer on the tiny Greek isle where Sophie grew up included three possible fathers.

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Steve Judkins, Sean Allan Krill, and Trey Ellett
Photo credit: ©Erik Kabik

Sophie sends off invitations to the possible dads and all three arrive on the same day not knowing that it was Sophie, not Donna, who who mailed out the invites. Needless to say, confusion, fun, and a lot of singing and dancing follow their arrival. Adding additional plot line twists, Donna's old friends and the other two thirds of their youthful singing group Donna & the Dynamos arrive to reunite with their old pal from their carefree days.

Will Sophie discover which man fathered her? Will Donna rekindle old passions with him or one of the others? Will Donna's friends find new excitement on the island? There are serious moments in the story. Sophie questions her own decision to marry so young. Donna discovers the expanded guest list and its implications, and the mother daughter relationship goes through some strained moments in light of the secrets and complications. There are multiple comic moments as well as the characters meet, mix, and mingle

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Photo credit: Erik Kabik

But ultimately, we know it will work out for the best (although I won't reveal the ending), and the real star of the show is the music. Songs include “I Have a Dream,” “Money, Money, Money,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “Dancing Queen” and of course, “MAMMA Mia”.
The delightful choreography includes an innovative number featuring the members of the bachelor party dancing in snorkel masks and flippers. The costumes are bright and appealing. The sets are vintage but in a futuristic sort of way.

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Photo credit: Erik Kabik

The cast members sing and dance their way through the show with exuberance.  Add to all that - live music!  If you want Rogers and Hammerstein, go elsewhere. If you enjoy Abba, this one's for you. One warning - music can be loud. Bring earplugs to soften the sound.

Mamma Mia delights audiences in the upgraded Tropicana Hotel & Casino. Showroom. Show times are Sunday-Thursday at 7:30 p.m, Saturday 5:30 & 9 p.m. Visit for additional information. Acceptable for children 4 and over.

Alison Ewing Christine Sherrill Mary Callanan - Super Trouper - MAMMA MIA LAS VEGAS Erik Kabik
Alison Ewing, Christine Sherril, and Mary Callanan
Photo credit: ©Erik Kabik


ABSINTHE Star Melody Sweets Stars in Wild Wild West Burlesque Show July 22, 2014

Exclusive Music Video Premiere and Show Benefitting AFAN and the Burlesque Hall of Fame Museum on July 22
LAS VEGAS –The dazzling Green Fairy, Melody Sweets, from the Strip’s “Best Adult Show” ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace hosts a Wild Wild West Burlesque Show on Tuesday, July 22 at 10:30 p.m. at the ABSINTHE Spiegeltent.
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In celebration of the premiere of her latest music video “Shoot ‘em Up,” featured on Sweets’ debut album Burlesque in the Black, fans get an exclusive look at the tantalizing video and a night of sultry and seductive Wild West burlesque.
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Revelers can also enjoy special guest appearances by the ABSINTHE cast as they’ve never seen them before, including The Gazillionaire and Penny Pibbets performing as Cowboy Summerlin Sam and his trusty steed Phallus.
Doors open at 10 p.m. with the performance beginning at 10:30 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are available for $15 and may be purchased online at, and tickets will also be available for purchase at the door for $25. All proceeds from the event benefit AFAN (Aid for AIDS of Nevada) and The Burlesque Hall of Fame Museum. AFAN provides support and advocacy for adults and children living with and or affected by HIV/AIDS in Southern Nevada.
Melody Sweets - Credit Tom Donoghue
Photo credit: Tom Donoghue
The Wild Wild West Burlesque show features performances by ABSINTHE’s Oleksii, Vegas Nocturne’s Butterscotch and “Ripley” Spencer Novich, World Champion Trick Roper Chris McDaniel, Miss Exotic World Dirty Martini, Death Defying Crossbow Stunts Mr. & Mrs. G, The Fastest Tassle Twirler from East to West Peekaboo Pointe and special guest David Perrico of Pop Evolution.
Melody Sweets has had music featured on MTV, VH1, A&E and National Geographic on hit shows such as Celebrity Fit Club and PUNK’D.  She is the first performer in the history of burlesque to have produced, written and starred in her own music video for “Slice of Heaven.”  
A lover of the arts, Melody Sweets has had the privilege of performing for and collaborating with such acclaimed artists including STING, Björk, Moby, Alice Cooper, The Bravery, Marc Jacobs, Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, Adriana Lima and Harvey Keitel. Sweet’s debut album Burlesque in the Black, released in 2013, features popular hits performed nightly in ABSINTHE including “Slice of Heaven,” “Taboo” and “Up All Night,” as well as a collection of other songs composed exclusively for Sweets’ burlesque journey across the globe.


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