What’s Booming: Mamma Mia, What a Week in RVA!

By Steve Cook | June 23rd, 2022

Make your own legendary memories right here in Richmond

Desiree Roots in Ella and Her Fella Frank. Mamma mia, what a week! The music of ABBA, a Richmond musical legend on stage, and Carnivale at King’s Dominion. And that’s just for starters.

Mamma mia, what a week! The music of ABBA, a Richmond musical legend on stage, and Carnivale at King’s Dominion. And that’s just for starters.

The Barber of Moville – United States Premier

Opens Thursday, June 23 and runs through Sunday, July 17 at the Firehouse Theatre, Richmond

This dark comedy by Irish playwright Ronan Carr examines the depth of true love and poses difficult questions about end-of-life issues.


The Masked Singer National Tour

Thursday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dominion Energy Center, Richmond

Surprise celebrity guests, new performances, and a spectacular show. Find out who is behind the mask.


Grand Carnivale

Begins Saturday, June 25 and runs through Sunday, July 10 at King’s Dominion, Doswell

This larger-than-life international celebration features the extravagant sights and sounds of the nighttime Spectacle of Color Parade, featuring lavish floats, interactive street performers, and pulsing rhythms. But there’s more. Grand Carnivale is also a worldwide food festival and a showcase of international entertainment.


Legends On Grace: Desirée Roots

Saturday, June 25 at 8 p.m. at Rhythm Hall at Dominion Energy Center, Richmond

The new Nightcaps & Stories series feature 90-minute, up-close-and-personal, cabaret-style presentations that honor a diverse line-up of Virginia’s music artists. June 25 features Desirée Roots, a versatile, award-winning singer and actress.


‘Mamma Mia!’

Opens on Saturday, June 25 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 7 at Virginia Rep’s November Theatre, Richmond

You’ll be humming the hits of ABBA for days after a night at “Mamma Mia!” The award-winning jukebox musical takes the hit songs of the popular Swedish rock group and weaves them around a romantic comedy set on a Greek isle.


Check with individual venues for COVID-19 policies.

Feature image of Desirée Roots from Scott Wichman on Facebook singing her praises as “an absolute virtuoso musician, a brilliant interpreter of lyrics, a rhythmic master, an inspired and dynamic actor, and a magnificently magnetic stage presence; a tireless encourager, a generous and ceaselessly giving creative collaborator … a wonderful wife and mother and a true embodiment of the golden rule every day” – and for her performance in “Ella and Her Fella Frank” in 2021.

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