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April 10, 2001 | HUGH HART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Louise Pitre rears back in the chair in her dressing room at the Shubert Theatre, hooting with glee as she recalls one of the reviews of "Mamma Mia!"--well, actually it was a review of her hair. "They wrote something about 'this very expensive silver wig'--I couldn't believe it. Expensive?! Yeah, actually, I've had a rough life. Ha! I'm proud of this hair, I've earned it!"
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April 10, 2001 | HUGH HART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Louise Pitre rears back in the chair in her dressing room at the Shubert Theatre, hooting with glee as she recalls one of the reviews of "Mamma Mia!"--well, actually it was a review of her hair. "They wrote something about 'this very expensive silver wig'--I couldn't believe it. Expensive?! Yeah, actually, I've had a rough life. Ha! I'm proud of this hair, I've earned it!"
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April 24, 2001 | Liz Smith
Rosie O'Donnell was coy on her TV show Monday when Donny Osmond asked if it is true she might come to Broadway as the lead in the British musical "Mamma Mia," which offers the music of ABBA. But I hear there is a real possibility that when this delightful musical arrives on the Great White Way come October, Rosie will be in the cast as one of the hilarious backup singers. This leaves the wonderful Canadian Louise Pitre to make her Broadway debut as scheduled. Speaking of Rosie . . .
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February 28, 2001 | MICHAEL PHILLIPS, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
A friendly mash note to ABBA, those beloved spandex songbirds of Sweden, "Mamma Mia!" will hit most folks either as predominantly exuberant or predominantly dippy. Or, I suppose, as exuberantly dippy. Yes, let's go with that one. Now at the Shubert Theatre, the musical delivers 22 ABBA tunes, wrapped in a story and a guileless worldview serving one idea and one only. To paraphrase a lyric in "Dancing Queen," one of the cheeriest pop tunes of the 1970s: With a bit of ABBA, everything is fine.
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September 27, 2002 | DARYL H. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The ABBA song celebration "Mamma Mia!" is known for its ability to reveal the inner dancing queen in just about anyone. Presented in a spirit of goofy good fun, it shoehorns 22 of the Swedish foursome's infectious songs into a story that is dressed up in '70s-era jumpsuits and platform boots and presented with full-out energy.
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May 16, 2001 | SHAUNA SNOW
TELEVISION Bowled Over by Theme Songs The TV academy will pay tribute to the music of television with an Aug. 26 program at the Hollywood Bowl called "Don't Touch That Remote--A Celebration of Television Music." Actress Mary Tyler Moore will co-host the event with conductor John Mauceri, who will lead his Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in performances that will be accompanied by footage of the programs on which the music appeared.
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April 21, 2002 | DON SHIRLEY
**1/2 DO I HEAR A WALTZ? Pasadena Playhouse production Fynsworth Alley with Varese Sarabande Sometimes it helps to lower expectations. Since the initial production of "Do I Hear a Waltz?" in 1965, its critics--including two of its creators, lyricist Stephen Sondheim and librettist Arthur Laurents--more or less consigned it to the scrap heap in their public comments.
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June 29, 2003 | Daryl H. Miller, Times Staff Writer
"Amour" Broadway premiere recording (Sh-K-Boom Records) *** This operetta-like musical waltzed onto Broadway last fall and whirled away after just 31 previews and 17 regular performances. Its surreal plot -- about a lovelorn man who gains the ability to walk through walls -- and old-fashioned-sounding score by Michel Legrand (the film "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg") no doubt made it a tough sell on the ultra-commercial Great White Way.
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