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Mamma Mia … “AbbaCadabra” tickets are selling quickly!


More than 100 people lined up outside the Rec Centers of Sun City West Box Office Tuesday morning for the opening sales of “AbbaCadabra,” the tribute show dedicated to the popular Swedish singing group of the ’70s.

“There were about 120 people in line when we opened at 8 a.m.,” RCSCW box-office manager Dawn Sims said of Tuesday’s vigorous sales. “The first person was here at 5:20. By (Tuesday) afternoon, when we were showing customers the seating map and they were seeing what was sold, wives were nudging husbands and saying, ‘I told you we should’ve come earlier!’”

Activity remained solid throughout the day, with ticket sales reaching 580 by the time the box office closed at 7 p.m.

With upbeat hits such as “Dancing Queen,” “Super Trooper” and “S.O.S.,” Abba was a mainstay of the disco era. The tribute show – showcasing 20 of the group’s greatest hits – is set for 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. performances Jan. 31, 2013, at the Palm Ridge Recreation Center, 13800 W. Deer Valley Drive.

Bill and Nancy Lehtonen of Sun City West visited the box office Tuesday afternoon for their tickets.

“We’ve seen ‘Mamma Mia’ in Vegas and on Broadway,” Nancy Lehtonen said. “We have friends visiting from out of town and thought they’d like to come to this show with us.”

The Lehtonens weren’t alone in their thoughts of entertaining guests. M.J. Pell of Sun City West came to the box office with Linda Jex, a friend visiting from Idaho.

Not only has Pell seen the movie version of “Mamma Mia” three times and the musical once in Seattle, but she also has gifted several family members with CDs.

“I told her I loved Abba,” Pell said, nudging her friend, “and, if she didn’t come with me, I wouldn’t take her to the pool.”

Maggie Harvey, RCSCW events planner, indicated the strong turnout was not surprising.

“It’s a very high-energy show and a lot of fun,” Harvey noted. “The singers interact with the audience quite a bit, and they try to keep it as close to the real Abba as they can.”

Tickets for “AbbaCadabra” are $20 for Sun City West residents, $22.50 for non-residents, and $25 at the door (if available). Sales open to non-residents on Dec. 18. Located in the Rec Center’s R.H. Johnson Administrative Offices at 19803 R. H. Johnson Blvd., the box office is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, with extended hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.

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