January 1, 1970: A giant singing Hostess cupcake opened at the Winter Garden Theater last night. It is called Mamma Mia!, and it may be the unlikeliest hit ever to win over cynical, sentiment-shy New Yorkers.
January 1, 1970: The real news is that the rest of the production has grown old gracefully. Judging by sheer invention, emotional punch and onstage talent, the venerable blockbuster still beats out almost all of the whippersnappers currently on Broadway.
January 1, 1970: Even with such mesmerizing stars as Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera, swell vaudeville-pastiche songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb and the acutely stylish direction and choreography of Bob Fosse, Chicago seemed too chilly . . .