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MAMMA MIA! The Musical: Adelaide Festival Centre - Review

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5 Stars - Incredible Production featuring the songs of Abba
© Mamma Mia The Musical
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Michael Coppel, Louise Withers and Linda Bewick together with The Adelaide Festival Centre present MAMMA MIA! The Musical opened in Adelaide on Thursday October 11th running until November 18th. As the crowd walked the red carpet into the Festival Theatre, fans were eagerly awaiting an ABBA singalong. Directed by Gary Young with Choreography by Tom Hodgson, Set and Costume Design by Linda Bewick and Suzy Strout.

The set was beautifully designed to look like it was set in the Santorini, with an ancient stone building surrounded in vines. The music begins and we see a young girl on the deck where the boats come in and she begins to sing 'I Have A Dream'. Mamma Mia is the story of Sophie, the daughter of Donna Sheridan made famous by her high school band 'Donna and the Dynamos' starring Donnas two best friends Rosie and Tanya. The story begins with Sophie getting married and she wants her father to attend the wedding but she has never met him before and knows he could be one of three men.

© Mamma Mia The Musical
When Donna was young, she ran away from home to the beautiful island of Kalokairi where she met three gentlemen - Sam Carmichael, Harry Bright and Bill Austin. Sophie finds her mother's diary from her summer in Kalokairi and realises one of these men is her father. She then invites all three to the wedding in hope that when she meets them, she will know straight away which one is her father. As the story continues, not only does Sophie not recognise her father, but she bonds with each of them making it more complicated. Soon all three realise why they were invited and tell Sophie they will give her away.

Having seen the 2008 movie of the same name, you remember the character. Donna Sheridan is a determined single mother with an ambition to renovate the hotel to all it could be and be a role model to her daughter. Natalie O'Donnell is a perfect Donna, she is cheeky and born to sing 'Gimme Gimme Gimme (a man after midnight)', had high energy and sassy nature that stood out.

Sophie was played by Sarah Morrison. She was sweet, innocent and knew what she wanted out of life. She stood out in 'I Have a Dream', hitting the high notes and changing swiftly to the talking lines - she sang this beautifully. She had intense on-stage chemistry with Sky (Stephen Mahy) who played opposite her. Mahy had a cheeky nature and sexual chemistry that looked like a real couple. The audience is rooting for them to succeed. He was great in 'Love All Your Love on Me' and again the chemistry stood out.

© Mamma Mia The Musical
The trio of Donnas men Ian Stenlake (Sam Carmichael), Phillip Lowe (Harry Bright) and Josef Ber (Bill Austin) were all talented actors who took on the traits of her former men. Stenlake as Sam was handsome, lovely and the perfect father figure for Sophie, Harry was fun, a singer and overwhelmed by the fact he never thought he would get to be a father and Bill was adventurous, smart and a great dancer. Sophie didn't need one father when all three made up exactly the woman she was and had grown up to be raised by Donna, whose life was touched by each of these men.

© Mamma Mia The Musical
Alicia Gardiner (Rosie) and Jayde Westaby (Tanya) stole this show this their flirty and quirky personalities. The Dynamos take it away with Chiquitita which is a beautiful duo but then solo with incredible dance moves. Gardiner as Rosie goes after Bill (Ber) with 'Take a Chance on Me' while Westaby as Tanya chases away Sam Hooper (Pepper) with 'Does Your Mama Know'.

Standout moments in this production are the set and costume design, watching the men dance in flippers before Sky's Bachelor party to 'Lay All Your Love on Me' and the cheeky dress up party in Donna's bedroom to 'Dancing Queen'. It stars Natalie O'Donnell as Donna Sheridan, Sarah Morrison as Sophie Sheridan, Alicia Gardiner as Rosie, Jayde Westaby as Tanya, Ian Stenlake as Sam Carmichael, Phillip Lowe as Harry Bright, Josef Ber as Bill Austin and Stephen Mahy as Sky.

The musical will feature favourite songs 'Honey, Honey','Money, Money, Money', 'Mamma Mia', 'Dancing Queen', 'Our Last Summer', 'Lay All Your Love On Me', 'Super Trouper', 'Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!', 'The Name of the Game', 'Voulez-Vous', 'SOS', 'Does Your Mother Know', 'Slipping Through My Fingers', 'The Winner Takes It All' and 'When All Is Said And Done'.

Don't miss your chance to see MAMMA MIA! The Musical live in Adelaide at the Adelaide Festival Theatre this October - November. 5/5 Stars - Any ABBA fan would love this musical - it's got fun dance moves, catchy songs and talented actors.

When
Oct 18th at 7:30PM
19th, 20th, 24th 25th, 24th, 27th, 31st at 7:30PM
Oct 20th, 27th at 2:00PM
Oct 17th, 21st, 24th, 28th, 31st at 1:00PM
Oct 21st, 28th at 6:30PM

Nov 1st, 2nd 3rd, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th at 7:30PM
Nov 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th at 7:30PM
Nov 3rd, 10th, 17th at 2:00PM
Nov 4th, 7th, 11th, 14th at 1:00PM
Nov 4th, 11th at 6:30PM
Nov 18th at 3:30PM

Cost:
Premium Adult from $110.00
A Reserve from Adult $95.95
4 Ticket Offer $290.00
Subscribe & Save Adult $95.95
B Reserve from Adult $75.95
C Reserve from Adult $59.95

Tickets are available at: www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au/events/mamma-mia

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Why? Mamma Mia The Musical
When: Oct 11th - Nov 18th
Where: Adelaide Festival Theatre
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