The Arts

Mirvish Productions – ABBA's Mamma Mia!

Reviewed by Paula Citron

The musical Mamma Mia! opened in 1999 and has never been off the stage since. The current road show is still packing in adoring fans, and while I find the lustre is a bit tarnished because of familiarity, it is still an enjoyable outing.

For those living on Mars, Mamma Mia cleverly integrates the songs of ABBA, the superstar disco band of the 1970s, into a book by Catherine Johnson. Young Sophie Sheridan, who lives on a Greek island at her mother Donna’s hotel and taverna, is about to get married. She sends three letters to possible fathers – names she found in her mother’s diary – inviting them to the wedding, and so begins the fun.

The quality of road shows is definitely on the rise, and Michelle Dawson as Donna and Liana Hunt as Sophie lead an energetic cast. Particularly strong are the three possible fathers.

Mamma Mia continues at the Princess of Wales Theatre until Jun. 27.

Mamma Mia!
Mirvish Productions
Music and Lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus (with Stig Anderson)
Book by Catherine Johnson
Directed by Phyllida Lloyd
Starring Michelle Dawson and Liana Hunt
Princess of Wales Theatre, Apr. 28 to Jun. 27

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