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Mamma Mia! takes the stage at the new Tropicana

A phenomenon that had Vegas visitors dancing in the aisles for six years, smash hit musical "Mamma Mia!" has made a triumphant return to the Strip with an open-ended run at the New Tropicana.

"It's so exciting that 'Mamma Mia!' is returning to fabulous Las Vegas," said show creator and producer Judy Craymer. "We are so thrilled to be invited to the New Tropicana. It is the perfect hotel for us to bring the original show back to the Strip amongst the glamour and excitement of this legendary playground."

Inspired by the songs of beloved Swedish pop group ABBA, "Mamma Mia!" first opened in London's West End in 1999. Perhaps the ultimate feel- good musical, it's been seen by more than 54 million people in more than 39 productions in 14 languages. It is currently celebrating 15 years in the West End and 12 on Broadway. The 2008 movie adaptation is one of the most successful screen musicals of all time, grossing $600 million worldwide.

"Mamma Mia!" is a sunny, funny tale of family and friendship set on a Greek island where, on the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover her father's identity gathers three men from her mother's past to a place they had last visited 20 years prior. The show's music, written by ABBA founders Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, includes chart-toppers like "Dancing Queen," "Money, Money, Money" and "Take a Chance on Me."

"Our newly renovated, state-of-the- art Tropicana Theater is the perfect venue for the return of the show that set the standard for Broadway in Las Vegas," said Fred Harmon, vice president and chief marketing officer for the Tropicana.

The Tropicana show features cast members from "Mamma Mia!" pro- ductions around the world, including Christine Sherrill (as Donna Sheri- dan), Alison Ewing (Tanya) and Mary Callanan (Rosie), who all performed on the North American tour; and Sean Allan Krill (Sam Carmichael), an alumnus of both its touring and Broadway productions.

The recent transformation of the Tropicana Theater is part of a $200 mil- lion renovation of the iconic property, including every room and suite, and the sparkling 50,000-square-foot casino.

With timeless tunes, an enchanting tale and utterly loveable characters, "Mamma Mia!" at the New Tropicana is a guaranteed good time, every time.

"Mamma Mia!" performs in the Tropicana Theater Sunday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets range from $49 to $135. Packages including a two- or three-night stay at the New Tropicana and two Mamma Mia! tick- ets. Orchestra or mezzanine seating is also available. Tickets and hotel pack- ages can be purchased at www.troplv.com, by phone at 800.829.9034 or at the Tropicana show tickets desk.

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