Yes, you see it correctly, the Chinese version of Mamma Mia is playing.
Last week when I went to church I noticed all these posters advertising Mamma Mia. I asked a gal after the service if she could read Chinese characters to give me more details, but she couldn’t. So Christie who works with Mark gave them a call and she was told it plays nightly from 7:30 till 10:00, and the tickets range from $20 to $100.
I loved the movie and saw the broadway show years ago when it came to Salt Lake City.
I then saw this review in a local magazine.
I knew I needed to go.
My ticket and a couple postcards they handed out.
Mark had work to do, a few of my friends didn't seem interested in seeing and all Chinese show, so I decided to go by myself. I walked there which took 30 minutes and as I got closer I could see scalpers selling tickets, and for the first time, I thought I hope they have some tickets. I walked up to the door, where there were 2 guards who were only letting people in with tickets. So in Chinese I said I wanted to buy a ticket. Just got looks and I tried to walk in, to which they held up their hands to block my entrance. I said it again, and they pointed to the sidewalk, perhaps the scalpers. So I said it again, and tried to walk in and was blocked so then they called someone, who called someone, and a guy came walking out, and they let me in. I was just getting ready to call Tom for some assistance. Anyway they took me to a girl who spoke English, so they finally got the idea. They did say a couple times, tonight? which I know that word, and responded with "now" in Chinese. I was then wondering what kind of tickets were left. He mentioned 280 RMB ($40.00) and I could pick my seat. He printed out a ticket and pointed me in the right direction. I was actually up in the balcony cheap seats. Many empty seats for a Thursday night, in front of me and behind. So when the show started I noticed many people moving forward so I picked a seat about 10 rows ahead which was a perfect seat. The show was fabulous, and they did a great job with all the settings on a small stage. Fun to see all the costumes, and listen for the few English words in each song, as it was all Chinese,Honey honey, money money, super trooper, voulez vous. I really didn't mind all the speaking in Chinese since I know the story. At intermission a gal was walking around selling programs and CD's which I thought I would purchase since I really was enjoying the singing. She said in Chinese the songs were in English :(, which I already have and am listening to as I write this. I was sitting with a younger crowd so for the last 2 songs we stood and sang. The last song "Waterloo" was in English and it brought tears to my eyes for some reason. Maybe just felt like home, standing and singing an English song. I left feeling so uplifted and just happy with myself for going. They did sing one extra Chinese song, but all the rest from the original show. It went from 7:30 to 10:00. Maybe I will go again, as I just loved the show. Mark was there to walk me home, a great ending to a perfect night. Miss Karen, you would have loved it.