While there's undoubtedly value to downtrodden "sad bastard music," there will likewise always be a need for bubbly, danceable tunes. And the poster children for bubbly are the four Swedes known as ABBA, a group whose 30-year-old pop songs are still lovable and listenable. The songs' exuberance is just right for musical theater, and that inevitable marriage came about in the 2001 Broadway hit Mamma Mia!, which uses familiar ABBA tunes to tell the story of a bride trying to figure out which of three men is her biological father. The popular musical returns with performances through Saturday at Bass Performance Hall, Fourth and Calhoun Streets in Fort Worth. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, with 8 p.m. showings on Saturday and Sunday, and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Tickets are $37.80 to $75.60. Call 817-212-4280 or visit basshall.com.
Thu., Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Feb. 4, 8 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 5, 8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 6, 2 p.m., 2011