On Wednesday, October 4, Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre will break the fourth wall of their current regional premiere production of MAMMA MIA when they invite the audience to join in on the fun for a one-night-only Sing-A-Long performance of the hit show featuring the songs of supergroup ABBA.
When I recent chatted with MAMMA MIA show director, Bradley Moore and some of the cast for my latest Rapid Fire 20 Q, several of ABBA’s greatest hits were mentioned as personal favorites. Moore was first to mention not one the show’s titular tune, but also one of ABBA’s biggest hits, saying, “I grew up of course knowing Dancing Queen and Mamma Mia, but the musical allowed me to dig deeper into their catalog. It has been a fun journey researching their music and watching all of their music videos. It is really extremely difficult to not love ABBA.”
Former X-Factor contestant and Broadway alum (The Addams Family Musical, Evita) Rachel Potter, who stars in Chaffin’s MAMMA MIA as Sophie, mirrored Moore’s sentiment about Dancing Queen, but also revealed a new favorite, “My favorite has always been Dancing Queen and continues to remain one of my faves. But through this process, I have definitely fallen in love with Thank You for the Music. I lost my dad last year, and he was a musician, so it makes me think of him every time I sing it.”
Currently starring opposite Potter is Taylor Novak, as Sky. When asked of his favorite ABBA tune, he replied, “Hands down, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! It’s my favorite song in the show, and it’s my favorite ABBA song. Girls rule.”
Tickets for the special event are only $10. For an additional fee, there’ll also be full bar service with ABBA-themed concoctions served up in special MAMMMA MIA keepsake glasses, as well as the option to order from Chaffin’s latest culinary bonus, their new small plates menu.
Chaffin’s new a la cart menu includes everything from Boneless Hot Nashville Chicken Strips, Cheeseburger Sliders, Chicken Salad Sandwiches or a Soup and Salad combo to Assorted Cheeses and Crackers, Hummus and Pita Chips, Farmer Caviar and Chips (my new favorite) and many more options. Small plate options will be available until intermission during Wednesday night’s Sing-A-Long event.
Of Wednesday night’s event, director Moore enthused, “The MAMMA MIA Sing-A-Long will be the best theatre party of the year! You get to watch an amazing show and sing along to every word! No need to hide your love of ABBA!”
As a lifelong fan of ABBA and a fifteen-year fan of MAMMA MIA, I’d say he’s not overselling it one bit. That’s the thing about ABBA, whether you grew up listening to their music or not, chances are you know the songs, as they’ve permeated pop culture throughout the past five decades.
Doors open at 6 p.m. for Wednesday’s special MAMMA MIA Sing-A-Long performance at Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre (8204 Hwy 100, Nashville, TN 37221). Small plate food options and beverages can be ordered from 6 p.m. until the show starts at 7 p.m., and again during intermission. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets, or call 615.646.9977 (extension 2) to reserve your seats (not that you’ll be staying in them).
Can’t make it to Wednesday’s Sing-A-Long? No worries, you’ve still got three more weeks to see the regular performances of MAMMA MIA as it continues with performances through Saturday, October 21. Thursday matinees (lunch at 11 a.m./show at noon) offer show only tickets for $19, or a Box Lunch and show price of $27.50. Remaining Thursday-Saturday evening (dinner from 6 p.m.-7:30p.m./show at 8 p.m.) range from $60 for adult dinner and show or $30 for youth/students dinner and show—to $30 for adult or $18 for children show only tickets. Sunday matinees (meal available from noon until 1:30 p.m./show at 2 p.m.) features full buffet selection with pricing the same as evening performances. To purchase tickets, or for more information, CLICK HERE, Call the Box Office at 615.646.9977 or 1.800.282.2276 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also keep up with the latest news from Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre on Facebook and Twitter.
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