O&AN and TPAC want to send you and a guest to see Mamma Mia live at Jackson Hall for FREE!

Just send us an email to contest@outandaboutnewspaper.com with “Mamma Mia” in the subject line and the answer to the following Mamma Mia triva question:

How many hand-sewn rhinestones adorn the Super Troupers' costumes in Mamma Mia?
A. 300
B. 3,000
C. 30,000

Don't forget to include your answer to the trivia question and a daytime phone number so we can let you know you've won. We'll see you at the show. Good luck!  (Only one entry per person please.)

Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ MAMMA MIA!, the hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returns to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) in May. Performances begin on May 1, and run through May 6, at TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall.

Inspired by the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs, writer Catherine Johnson’s funny tale of family and friendship unfolds on a Greek island. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. Songs including “Dancing Queen”; “The Winner Takes It All”; “Money, Money, Money” and “Take A Chance on Me” are all featured in the show.

“MAMMA MIA! has been the best-selling show in the world for years, consistently selling about $1 million in tickets a week on Broadway, in Las Vegas, in London and on tour.  No doubt about it, MAMMA MIA! is a mega hit – people just love it!” said Kathleen O’Brien, TPAC’s president and chief executive officer. “I believe the extraordinary success of this show is simply because it’s just great fun – and so well done.  MAMMA MIA! consistently attracts audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The music, the story, the energy and talent of the cast, and the high production values – all come together for an amazing experience at TPAC.”

With more productions playing simultaneously around the world than any other new musical, MAMMA MIA! is now THE WORLD’S # 1 SHOW.   There are currently 10 productions of MAMMA MIA! running concurrently around the world (eight permanent productions and two tours). With a worldwide gross of over $2 billion and audiences of more than 30 million people, MAMMA MIA! is acclaimed by the Associated Press as “quite simply, a phenomenon.”

Tickets for MAMMA MIA! range from $20-70, depending upon performance times and seat locations. For tickets, visit the TPAC Box Office (Downtown or at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in The Mall at Green Hills), online at www.tpac.org and www.broadwayacrossamerica.com Ticketmaster outlet, including area Kroger stores and Macy’s. Tickets may also be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 615-255-ARTS (2787). For information on offers for groups of 20 or more, call TPAC Group Sales at 615-782-4060.

TPAC Education’s adult education program, InsideOut, will offer a pre-show “Arts Appetizer” on Wednesday, May 2, at 6:15 p.m. in TPAC’s Polk Theater Lobby. This program, which is free and open to the public, will feature a real, live wedding as well as cast members from the show. To RSVP or for more information, please call 615-687-4291.

The original cast recording of MAMMA MIA! is available on Decca Broadway. For information about MAMMA MIA! around the world, go to www.mamma-mia.com.

The Nashville engagement of MAMMA MIA! is presented by arrangement with the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and is a part of HCA/TriStar Broadway Across America Nashville.

Dates: May 1-6, 2007, Andrew Jackson Hall
Tennessee Performing ArtsCenter (TPAC)
505 Deaderick Street, Nashville

Times: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
8:00 p.m. Friday
2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Saturday
1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday                

Tickets: $20-70, available at www.tpac.org and www.broadwayacrossamerica.com TPAC Box Office (Downtown or at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in The Mall at Green Hills), all Ticketmaster outlets, including area Kroger stores and Macy’s; or by calling Ticketmaster, 615-255-ARTS (2787).           

The Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s official sponsors include HCA/TriStar, American Airlines, Coca-Cola and The Hermitage Hotel.  Show media sponsors for MAMMA MIA! are WJXA Mix 92.9, WSMV Channel 4 News and The Tennessean.

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