Untitled Document Some people only need to hear one thing about "Mamma Mia!" before racing to the box office: "It’s a musical based on the music of ABBA." That’s right, "Dancing Queen," "Money, Money, Money" and other tracks from the ‘70s set the scene for this sophisticatedly twisted tale that keeps the crowd dancing in their seats. (Seriously. It may be nearly impossible to find anyone sitting still once the music starts to flow through the crowd.)



No play has more productions being viewed around the globe than "Mamma Mia!," making it the world’s No. 1 show. Audiences are still lining up to experience the drama and more than 20 million people have already ran to their local theatres to witness a performance that’s guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of anyone with a soft heart and a carefree sense of humor.



If you haven’t heard the story, get ready for trouble in paradise. A beautiful island and a bride’s ugly past collide hours before the big wedding day. The secret: Three old lovers. The problem: A fatherless child. Watch the love triangle unfold as the daughter of the bride rounds up the suspects she believes to be her biological father – men her mother hasn’t seen in 20 years.



"Mamma Mia!" features a cast of 30, starring Laurie Wells, an actress with stage credits that include "My Fair Lady" and "Grease." Written by Catherine Johnson and directed by Phyllida Lloyd, the play inspired by a four-letter band with nearly 400 million albums sold has transformed into more than $1 billion in "Mamma Mia!’s" worldwide ticket sales.



This musical that leaves nothing but love and laughter in the air won’t be in California for long, though. Mark your calendars, and for a touch of witty romance, don’t miss out on the special Valentines Day show Feb. 14 in Long Beach. So, what are you waiting for? GET UP AND GET OUT!



Pasadena Civic Auditorium (PCA) is located at 300 E. Green St., in Pasadena. Price: $21-$67. Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets and the PCA box office. For showtimes or more information, call (213) 365-3500 or visit www.theaterleague.com.

Long Beach Performing Arts Center (LBPAC) is located at 300 E. Ocean Blvd., in Long Beach. Price: $15-$65. Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets and the LBPAC box office. For showtimes or more information, call (714) 740-2000 or visit www.theaterleague.com.