Review: Mamma Mia!

Posted by Matt Bourne on 05:25 with No comments
Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia! takes place on a fictional Greek island, where Donna owns and manages a taverna, catering to locals and tourists alike. Her daughter Sophie, who is engaged to a young man named Sky, has always wanted to know who her father is, but Donna won't talk about her past. Sophie discovers her mother's old diary and finds entries in which Donna describes intimate dates with three men. Sophie believes that one of these men is her father, and sends each an invitation to her wedding without letting her mother know.

Mamma Mia is not as funny as it would like to think it is.  The show only really hits the highs in the last 15 minutes of the show when all the big numbers and set pieces are rolled out, but by that time it was too little too late.  The show itself is very ironic.  Songs like The Winner Takes It All in the show is about two characters getting together, when in reality the songs were about a painful break-up of a relationship.  It possibly would have been better calling this Shirley Valentine the musical.

Still I'm sure the audience that this is aimed at (i.e not me), will love every moment and every song.  The groups of ladies nights out that were in the audience were standing, cheering and dancing with every note of every song.  The songs themselves are well sung but at times it comes across as glorified Karaoke.  I don't want to sound completely negative about this as it will appeal to a wide audience just not this reviewer.  The cast are obviously loving their jobs as thats what comes across best from this show.  But all in all not for me.

Matt Bourne