Stretching stories around a number of already established songs from a single source isn't a particularly new approach. Over 50 years ago, Hollywood produced the Oscar-winning "An American in Paris" with all-George Gershwin music and created an enduring classic with "White Christmas" from the Irving Berlin catalogue.
The latter show, incidentally, will be on view this holiday season at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts but currently that venue is housing another in the aforementioned breed — the center's third staging of "Mamma Mia!," in town for just one week and closing Sunday.
Now, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus aren't exactly household names like Gershwin or Berlin, but their music, as members of the ABBA pop singing group from Sweden, inspired Catherine Johnson to create a show around it that's been seen by over 45 million people worldwide and is celebrating its 10th anniversary on Broadway.
After two previous visits to the center and a Meryl Streep movie, "Mamma Mia!" is no stranger to local audiences, but a welcome frequent guest, judging by the show's hyper-enthusiastic reception on opening night.