Mamma Mia! is a classic musical. Featuring the music of ABBA, this fun loving hit is sure to have you singing along to all your favourite songs. Mamma Mia! is arguably the most popular jukebox musical ever, and it is easy to understand why. Having been on the West End since 1999 at various theatres, the production has now embarked on a UK Tour.
With a book by Catherine Johnson the story follows Sophie Sheridan, a 20 year old girl preparing to get married at the Greek hotel her mother Donna runs. Upon discovering an old diary of her mother’s, Sophie invites three men to her wedding, hoping to finally reveal who her father is. ABBA’s timeless music fits seamlessly with the story, the major hits are all integrated with the turbulent plot amongst a backdrop of the beautiful Greek island.
Mamma Mia! is fabulously cheesy, from the over the top and high energy choreography from Anthony Van Laast to Phyllida Lloyd’s direction. For a musical which premiered in 1999 it is obvious that some elements of the production are tired. The costumes and the set are a little lack lustre, with the backdrop resembling a sunset theme once available in Microsoft WordArt. Although the performances are all high energy and entertaining, it is noticeable that this production needs an update. Despite this, the well-loved musical still stands in its own right as an enjoyable and fun night out – you can’t help but sing along.
The whole cast makes an animated impact to transport the audience to Greece and to the world of Swedish supergroup ABBA. Sophie Sheridan is played by Lucy May Barker who provides all the sweetness necessary to the role. Helen Hobson’s rendition of “The Winner Takes It All” is punchy and true as she plays the feisty Donna Sheridan. Making up the rest of Donna and the Dynamos are Emma Clifford and Gillian Hardie playing Tanya and Rosie respectively. Clifford steals the show with “Does Your Mother Know” as she rebuffs a young man and exercises her womanly appeal. Other highlights include the vivacious version of “Voulez-Vous” which had me adding in all the “a-ha’s”…
Mamma Mia! is pure harmless fun which guarantees a good night out singing and dancing along to all the hits. Catch it at the Marlowe Theatre until 29th July 2017, get your tickets here.