Mamma Mia! the musical first opened in the West End way back in 1999 and has since grown to into a worldwide success with productions appearing from as far as Hong Kong to Germany, Mexico, Madrid, Sydney and much more. The show itself is based on the musical workings of Swedish pop group ABBA (and a script cleverly crafted by Catherine Johnson) and comprises of at least 27 of their most well-known hits, including the song which makes up the title of the show itself.
Take the Greek Islands’ setting; add a heart-warming plot about a young girl (Sophie) seeking the identity of her father on the eve of her wedding day; mix in a cocktail of classic ABBA hits and you have a crowd-pleasing, foot-stomping, smash-hit musical that lifts the hearts and spirits of the audience, no matter their disposition.
The story is well-known and the success of the musical has been taken to the big screen with the show being remade for film, but that doesn’t make the theatre experience any less exciting.
Sophie has three possible fathers to choose from Sam (an architect), Harry (a banker), and Bill (a writer/adventurer) and as the plan to get them all together and discover her real father’s identity unravels, the songs keep coming – cleverly laced within the story, adding to the drama and immersion of the plot. Will Sophie discover who her father is? Will the wedding day go to plan? It’s all up in the air as the plot thickens and the cast burst into song after song.
Much like the ABBA songs the musical is based around, Mamma Mia! is full of energy and enthusiasm which comes across perfectly with the help of the excellent cast. The songs, the dancing, the ridiculously romantic script, all come together to make Mamma Mia! what it is – a magnificent musical masterpiece, especially if you’re an ABBA fan. Join the millions of people before you who have attended the theatre to take in this musical extravaganza, you won’t regret it.
Published: 21/06/2011 15:38:16