Mamma Mia!

For local actor Kittra Coomer, back in town now with the touring production of the Abba jukebox musical Mamma Mia!, the best thing about her first national tour is the closeness to her fellow artists. “It’s like a big family that you’re living with, twelve hours a day. We meet up with the tech crews in each city for drinks and just have a great time.” And the worst thing? “It’s like spending twelve hours a day with your family. After a few days of traveling, you’re thinking, ‘Don’t even look at me, don’t even talk to me, I just want to go take a bath and then we’ll talk in the morning.’” Coomer had worked with a number of Seattle companies, including ACT and Seattle Public Theater, before relocating to New York. She auditioned for Mamma Mia! on her father’s advice, and was surprised to land the major role of Rosie, the best friend and former bandmate of Donna, the tavernkeeper planning her daughter’s wedding. She was even more surprised when she saw the show and caught the audience’s reaction to the touring cast she was coming in to replace. “When they came out in their Abba-inspired jumpsuits and platform boots, it sounded like a jet plane taking off. Now that I’m in the show, it’s the same thing. People have seen it eight, 10, 12 times, and they’re still ecstatic. We feel like the rock stars they think we are.” There’s only one downside to this Super Trouper stardom: the insidious earworm qualities of Abba songs. “I’ll dream in Abba,” she admits. “I’ll walk around singing other people’s songs in the show all day long. As great a time as I’m having, when it’s over, I don’t think I’ll be listening to any Abba for a while.” Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., 292-ARTS, www.ticketmaster.com, www.theparamount.com. $20-$77. 7:30 p.m. Wed., March 19-Thurs., March 20; 8 p.m. Fri., March 21-Sat., March 22; 2 p.m. Sat., March 22; 1 & 6:30 p.m. Sun., March 23. JOHN LONGENBAUGH

Tue., March 18, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., March 19, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., March 20, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., March 21, 8 p.m.; Sat., March 22, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., March 23, 1 & 6:30 p.m., 2008

 
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