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“Mamma Mia” is part of the Broadway Season 2 lineup at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Las Vegas.
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 | 12:51 p.m.
In the Entertainment Capital of the World unfazed by $50-million-plus budgets for stage shows, it’s refreshing to be truly entertained by one that has bare-bones scenery, some chairs and a couple of tables.
The national touring company of “Mamma Mia!” opened its eight-performance run Tuesday night in Reynolds Hall at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, and the spandex costumes and platform boots shined as bright as ever, as did young Chelsea Williams as Sophie and Georgia Kate Hage as her single mom, Donna Sheridan.
The first-night audience didn’t dance in the aisles but did sing along to ABBA’s hits and gave the cast a long and loud standing ovation at the finale with “Dancing Queen.”
It’s as authentic as the day the show departed its five-year Mandalay Bay run complete with Donna’s Dynamos and the dancing SCUBA divers . The colorful costumes worn by the enthusiastic and exuberant cast, who clearly enjoy this nearly yearlong North American tour, are identical to the ones shipped off to launch the Brazil version from the Las Vegas show when it closed here in January 2009.
The Swedish pop group’s jukebox musical was as good Tuesday night as its continuing Broadway production with fabulous choreography, great singing and strong acting.
“Take a Chance” and enjoy it until Sunday night and leave feeling good and happy before it heads off to California. “The Name of the Game” here is that “The Winner Takes It All.”
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Smith Center for the Performing Arts The Smith Center for the Performing Arts offers a blend of performances by resident companies and touring attractions. The 5-acre cultural campus features three performance spaces, which includes a main performance area with more than 2,000 seats. This downtown cultural center of Las Vegas looks to educate, entertain and excite community members.
To provide and preserve a high-quality performing arts center that is embraced by the community and recognized as a vital force by supporting artistic excellence, education and inspiration for all.
To entertain, educate, enrich and inspire the southern Nevada community.
Thanks to the generous support of our dedicated founders, members, donors and community partners, The Smith Center continues to provide a wide variety of services for Southern Nevada residents, including access to world-class performances, inspirational Education and Outreach programs for students and teachers, and a unique space to host events, meetings and special occasions. Celebrating our fifth season, we depend upon public support to fulfill our mission and serve as the Heart of the Arts® for many years to come.
With ticket sales covering just 75 percent of our operating budget for each season, the remaining 25 percent comes from the community we serve. Philanthropic support at all levels helps provide programming that entertains, educates, enriches and inspires. By giving to The Smith Center, you play a vital role in providing an important resource for our community.
There are many opportunities to volunteer and play a direct role with your community’s performing arts complex. Volunteers engage with staff and patrons to enhance experiences at The Smith Center, and can serve in various capacities including tour guide/docent, usher, security team member or community ambassador. As important members of The Smith Center team, volunteers help us remain financially sustainable and provide numerous services for the community. Please show your support for The Smith Center’s mission by gifting your time and unique skills.
Members’ annual support provides crucial resources for The Smith Center’s artistic programming, education opportunities and cultural enrichment each year. There are a variety of giving options and levels, and Members receive exclusive benefits and behind-the-scenes opportunities based on their level of support. To learn more, please visit www.thesmithcenter.com/support-us/members.
The Encore Society recognizes those generous donors who have included The Smith Center as a part of their estate plan. Corporate Sponsorship is available to companies to underwrite all, or part, of a program, performance or event.
Fanfare! is The Smith Center’s young progressional networking organization, open to anyone with an interest in the performing arts who is between the ages of 21-40. And our Show Dedication allows for the celebration of an individual or special occasion with unique recognition opportunities during a specific performance.
The Smith Center provides world-class performing arts and outreach and education throughout the Southern Nevada region.
The organization originally formed in 1996 as the Las Vegas Performing Arts Center.
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