Diggin' the Dancing Queen

"You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life

See that girl, watch that scene, diggin' the dancing queen!"

You just rocked it out, didn't you? No judgements here—that's exactly what I was doing last week when I saw Mamma Mia! on Broadway. I'd been dying to see the show for ages (I grew up singing "Dancing Queen"), so when I finally found myself seated at the Winter Garden Theater, I couldn't wait for the curtain to rise.

Although it's been on Broadway since 2001, it's still going strong. Mamma Mia!'s trio of hysterical sisters stole the show and every audience member's heart. We laughed like crazy, danced in our seats and fell in love with each of them. And those gals can move! Dressed in head-to-toe neon jumpsuits, they were full-out start to finish.

Speaking of dance, the ensemble rocks the stage in multiple dance-heavy numbers. To say they were "hamming it up" would be huge understatement. They were oohs, ahhhs, winks, head nods—the works. (It was a bit much, even for me.)

In the end, I left happy and singing ABBA all the way home. (I'm sure my fellow commuters loved that.) So next time you're in NYC and looking for a dance-y Broadway classic, boogie on over to Mamma Mia! You won't be disappointed!

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Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers by clicking on their names here:

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And then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

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