The 1891 Fredonia Opera House
FREDONIA – The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is the ABBA music-filled “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.” It will be screened on Sat., Sept. 8, and Tues., Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m.
Five years after the events of “Mamma Mia! The Movie,” Sophie prepares for the grand reopening of the Hotel Bella Donna as she learns more about her mother’s past.
Reprising their roles from the first film are Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep as Donna, Julie Walters as Rosie and Christine Baranski as Tanya. Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper reunite as Sophie and Sky, while Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård and Oscar-winner Colin Firth return to play Sophie’s three possible dads: Sam, Bill and Harry.
As the film goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present, Lily James plays the role of Young Donna with Alexa Davies as Young Rosie and Jessica Keenan Wynn as Young Tanya.
Moira MacDonald, in the Seattle Times, calls the film “sweet, silly, sun-splashed absurdity, with a thumping disco beat. “ Andrea Gronvall, in the Chicago Reader, calls it an “exuberant sequel (that) easily tops the 2008 musical hit.” Lindsay Bahr, in the Associated Press, says it’s “the kind of movie that feels and sounds like a summer vacation should: Fizzy, lively, low-stakes and sound tracked by ABBA.” Glen Weldon, on NPR, says “the scenery’s gorgeous, as is the cast, and it’s got Cher. Why do you need it to be anything more than that?” Rated PG-13 for some suggestive material, “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” runs one hour, 44 minutes.
The Opera House Cinema Series is sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank. Tickets are available at the door for $7 (adults), $6.50 (seniors & Opera House members) and $5 (students) the night of each screening. A book of 10 movie passes is available for $60 at the door or online at www.fredopera.org. Thanks to the generous support of an anonymous donor, the first 20 SUNY Fredonia students at each screening are admitted free. For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 716-679-1891.
The Opera House is equipped with individualized closed captioning headsets for the deaf as well as with assistive listening headsets for the hearing-impaired. Simply request one from any usher or Opera House staff member.
The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit performing arts center located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.